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Alonso fastest in second practice for Monaco Grand Prix

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives in the Ferrari pit during the second practice session of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix on Thursday, May 26.

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General view as cars drive around the harbor during practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Thursday.

AP reports:

Fernando Alonso took a liking to the Pirelli supersoft tires, posting the quickest time in Thursday's second practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton just behind.

 Alonso had been second behind defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel in the first practice. But the Ferrari driver shaved more than a second off his morning session time as drivers tried the supersoft optional tires under a hot afternoon sun. Continue reading.