Sebastian Vettel fastest at European GP practice

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was the fastest through two practice

sessions Friday for Formula One’s European Grand Prix.

The two-time defending world champion, who has won here the past

two seasons starting from the pole, posted the day’s best lap in

the second session of 1 minute, 39.334 seconds on the 3.3-mile

Valencia Street Circuit.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was next, followed by Kamui

Kobayashi of Sauber and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was seventh, while points leader Lewis

Hamilton was 14th.

The top 15 drivers all recorded times within a one-second


Vettel trails Hamilton by three points and Alonso by one heading

into Sunday’s race.

Qualifying is Saturday after the final practice session.