Alonso ends first F1 test with top lap

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished with the fastest session Friday in Formula One’s first preseason test.

The Spanish two-time world champion had a quickest lap of 1 minute, 18.877 seconds to go seven-tenths faster than the field.

The Italians rallied from a subdued start with the second fastest time this week among 2012 designs. Alonso’s running was restricted to 39 laps because of a hydraulics problem.

Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso was second Friday ahead of defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, whose best lap was 1:19.606.

Lewis Hamilton was fourth for McLaren in front of Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, whose quickest lap on Thursday has so far set the pace for the 2012 cars.