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Di Grassi fastest in Hungary practice

Lucas di Grassi, Racing Engineering, Hungaroring practiceLucas 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

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