GP2 – Grosjean Leads The Way In Free Practice

July 22, 2011

GP 2

Romain Grosjean has picked up where he left off in Silverstone by claiming the top spot in free practice this morning at the Nurburgring, leading all through the session to finish 0.7 ahead of Dani Clos and Jules Bianchi.
 
The Frenchman’s best laptime of 1:40.484 was set just ten minutes into the session, improving on his own times to garrison the top of the timesheets throughout, and handing his rivals an unanswerable challenge in the time remaining.
 
The session opened under overcast and cold conditions, but at least the rain held off as the 26 cars headed out on track: Grosjean was the first man to set a competitive time, with Esteban Gutierrez, Clos and Christian Vietoris pushing hard to catch up until Grosjean set his best lap, putting over a second on everyone else in the field.
 
Title rival Giedo van der Garde was unable to do anything about the Frenchman after suffering from a mechanical gremlin: the Dutchman limped back to the pits but his session was clearly over as most of the grid came in behind him for fresh rubber. One man who didn’t return, though, was Davide Valsecchi, who was trying to take advantage of the clear track but ran wide at the final turn and found the wall.
 
With many of the drivers looking to finalise race set ups there was no improvement on lap times in the second half of the session, other than Clos grabbing P2 with a minute remaining: Luca Filippi and Charles Pic were just behind the top three, with Gutierrez, Fabio Leimer, Jolyon Palmer, Stefano Coletti and Alvaro Parente rounding out the top ten.
 
But with most of the field keeping their powder dry in the session, this afternoon’s qualifying session should give a much clearer indication of their pace at the fabled circuit.
 
Nürburgring – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:40.484
14
2.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:41.222
13
3.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:41.326
13
4.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
1:41.330
13
5.
Charles Pic
1:41.411
12
6.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:41.426
13
7.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:41.616
14
8.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:41.716
13
9.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:41.748
12
10.
Alvaro Parente
Carlin
1:41.834
13
11.
Christian Vietoris
Racing Engineering
1:41.863
13
12.
Luiz Razia
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:41.936
14
13.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:41.971
11
14.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:42.049
6
15.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:42.077
14
16.
Kevin Mirocha
Ocean Racing Technology
1:42.213
12
17.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:42.248
13
18.
iSport International
1:42.250
11
19
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:42.312
12
20.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:42.335
13
21.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:42.380
9
22.
Adam Carroll
Super Nova Racing
1:42.471
13
23.
Davide Valsecchi
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:42.641
8
24.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:42.673
13
25.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:42.927
14
26.
Johnny Cecotto
Ocean Racing Technology
1:42.032
14
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