Alonso leads opening test session at Mugello
Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari fans something to cheer about at the team's home track by leading the opening session of Formula One's first in-season testing session in four years.
Alonso clocked 1 minute, 22.444 seconds around the Mugello circuit, a significant 1.204 seconds faster than Mark Webber of Red Bull. Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso was third fastest, 1.447 back.
The session began in wet conditions then slowly dried out.
Another session is scheduled for the afternoon, followed by more testing on Wednesday and Thursday, when Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is slated to take to the track.
Of the 12 F1 teams, only HRT is not taking part in the tests.
The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix on May 13.
1. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) 1min 22.444sec,
2. Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull) 1:23.648,
3. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso) 1:23.891,
4. Jerome D'Ambrosio (BEL/Lotus) 1:24.048,
5. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 1:24.100,
6. Kamui Kobayashi (JPN/Sauber) 1:24.736,
7. Oliver Turvey (GBR/McLaren) 1:25.303,
8. Jules Bianchi (FRA/Force India) 1:25.475,
9. Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN/Caterham) 1:27.197,
10. Charles Pic (FRA/Marussia) 1:27.359,
11. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 1:29.179,
12. Oliver Turvey (GBR/McLaren) 1:50.898