GP2 – Romain Grosjean Sets The Pace

July 29, 2011

GP 2

A week after his sprint race success at Nurburgring, Series leader Romain Grosjean has once again picked up where he left off. He set the pace in this morning’s practice session at Hugaroring with a best laptime of 1:31.173 just ten minutes into the session.
 
A dry track welcomed the twenty-six cars with Fabio Leimer, Davide Valsecchi and Christian Vietoris quick in action as soon as the pitlane opened, all looking to top the timesheet, but it was Adam Carroll who found the extra pace to claim P1 at the wheel of his Super Nova car.
 
The GP2 returnee could not enjoy it for long however as Grosjean posted a quick laptime of 1:31.606, enough to put him at the top of the timesheet. He would lose it but only just temporarily when Vietoris improved, and with ten minutes gone on the clock the Frenchman was back in control and his best laptime was never bettered.
 
Everyone else’s best efforts for the remainder of the session would prove to be fruitless, with Stefano Coletti and Marcus Ericsson pushing a bit too much and ending their free practice prematurely. Title rival Giedo van der Garde spent most of the session in the pits following mechanical gremlins. The Dutchman however finished P3 and just one tenth from the quickest laptime.
 
Grosjean may be leading the way in Hungary, but with Vietoris finishing P2 a shy 0.06s from the Dams racer, the top seventeen drivers finishing within one second, and the unpredictability of the weather, the qualifying session is set to be another GP2 Series classic.
 
Budapest – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:31.173
13
2.
Christian Vietoris
Racing Engineering
1:31.241
15
3.
Giedo van der Garde
1:31.345
10
4.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:31.680
14
5.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:31.725
14
6.
Adam Carroll
Super Nova Racing
1:31.824
15
7.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:31.845
16
8.
Davide Valsecchi
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:31.855
16
9.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:31.909
14
10.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:31.985
12
11.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
1:32.000
14
12.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
1:32.091
16
13.
Charles Pic
Barwa Addax Team
1:32.101
13
14.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:32.106
7
15.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:32.117
13
16.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:32.171
14
17.
Luiz Razia
Caterham Team AirAsia
1:32.210
15
18.
Johnny Cecotto
Ocean Racing Technology
1:32.219
14
19
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:32.464
5
20.
Johnny Palmer
Arden International
1:32.487
15
21.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:32.600
15
22.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:32.6636
14
23.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:32.659
13
24.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:32.676
13
25.
Kevin Mirocha
Ocean Racing Technology
1:32.687
13
26.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:32.863
13
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