GP2 Series

Grosjean Quickest In GP2 Practice At Hungaroring

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GP2 Series championship leader Romain Grosjean headed the field in the free practice session at the Hungaroring.

The DAMS driver moved to the top of the timesheets with his first competitive laptime, going some four tenths quicker than recent series returnee Adam Carroll.

Racing Engineering driver Christian Vietoris took top spot away from Grosjean around ten minutes into the half hour session, only for the Frenchman to take it straight back again.

Vietoris improved his effort to close to just 0.068s behind Grosjean, before the field returned to the pits in the middle of the session.

Once they emerged again for the final ten minutes there were very few improvements from any of the drivers. This allowed Grosjean to hold on in P1, ahead of Vietoris with Giedo van der Garde third for Addax. The Dutchman did not complete as many laps as his rivals, spending much of the session in the pits with reported mechanical issues.

Jules Bianchi was fourth ahead of Vietoris' teammate Dani Clos and Carroll. Fabio Leimer was seventh and Davide Valsecchi eighth. British duo Max Chilton and Sam Bird completed the first ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

Nurburgring feature race victor Luca Filippi was 11th, one place ahead of Mikhail Aleshin who returns to Carlin in place of Alvaro Parente, who is busy racing McLaren's GT car in the Spa 24 Hours.

Marcus Ericsson and Stefano Coletti both made mistakes in the first half of the session, bringing early ends to their time on track. Their best efforts remained good enough for 14th and 19th respectively.

Free practice times:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Romain Grosjean DAMS 1:31.173 13
2 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:31.241 0.068 15
3 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:31.345 0.172 10
4 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:31.680 0.507 14
5 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.725 0.552 14
6 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:31.824 0.651 15
7 Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:31.845 0.672 16
8 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:31.855 0.682 16
9 Max Chilton Carlin 1:31.909 0.736 14
10 Sam Bird iSport International 1:31.985 0.812 12
11 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:32.000 0.827 14
12 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1:32.091 0.918 16
13 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:32.101 0.928 13
14 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:32.106 0.933 7
15 Josef Král Arden International 1:32.117 0.944 13
16 Pal Varhaug DAMS 1:32.171 0.998 14
17 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:32.210 1.037 15
18 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.219 1.046 14
19 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:32.464 1.291 5
20 Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:32.487 1.314 15
21 Rodolfo González Trident Racing 1:32.600 1.427 15
22 Julian Leal Rapax 1:32.636 1.463 14
23 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:32.659 1.486 13
24 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:32.676 1.503 13
25 Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.687 1.514 13
26 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 1:32.863 1.690 13
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