Di Grassi fastest in Hungary practice
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, July 24th 2009, 10:46 GMT|
Lucas di Grassi set an encouraging fastest time in practice for this weekend's GP2 Series round at the Hungaroring today.
The Racing Engineering driver, who is bidding to keep his title bid on track this weekend, established himself at the top of the timesheets from the outset and never looked vaguely threatened. His best time of 1m28.261s put him 0.422s clear of closest rival Vitaly Petrov (Addax), who spun into the gravel shortly after setting his best lap and lost the chance to improve further.
It was a quiet start for the two main championship contenders, with Addax's Romain Grosjean finishing the morning in fourth place behind Super Nova driver Javier Villa, and Germany winner Nico Hulkenberg stranded back in 10th for ART.
Elsewhere, Adam Carroll returned to make a cameo in the iSport garage as a driver coach for Giedo van der Garde, but his charge lost the first part of the session having a mechanical problem dealt with in the pitlane.
It was a similarly frustrating start to the weekend for Ocean, with Karun Chandhok and Alvaro Parente pulling off the circuit and abandoning their cars almost simultaneously.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 1m28.261s 2. Vitaly Petrov Addax 1m28.683s + 0.422s 3. Javier Villa Super Nova 1m28.941s + 0.680s 4. Romain Grosjean Addax 1m28.947s + 0.686s 5. Alvaro Parente Ocean 1m28.977s + 0.716s 6. Pastor Maldonado ART 1m29.156s + 0.895s 7. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1m29.248s + 0.987s 8. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m29.323s + 1.062s 9. Edoardo Mortara Arden 1m29.367s + 1.106s 10. Nico Hulkenberg ART 1m29.460s + 1.199s 11. Andreas Zuber Fisichella 1m29.658s + 1.397s 12. Sergio Perez Arden 1m29.746s + 1.485s 13. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m29.766s + 1.505s 14. Davide Rigon Trident 1m29.860s + 1.599s 15. Franck Perera DPR 1m29.884s + 1.623s 16. Michael Herck DPR 1m30.001s + 1.740s 17. Alberto Valerio Piquet 1m30.035s + 1.774s 18. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1m30.043s + 1.782s 19. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS 1m30.061s + 1.800s 20. Luiz Razia Fisichella 1m30.097s + 1.836s 21. Nelson Panciatici Durango 1m30.169s + 1.908s 22. Karun Chandhok Ocean 1m30.200s + 1.939s 23. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet 1m30.200s + 1.939s 24. Giedo van der Garde iSport 1m30.276s + 2.015s 25. Diego Nunes iSport 1m30.377s + 2.116s 26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident 1m31.507s + 3.246s