Romain Grosjean tops first GP2 practice session at the Hungaroring
|By Glenn Freeman||Friday, July 29th 2011, 10:45 GMT|
Romain Grosjean kicked off the GP2 action at the Hungaroring by topping free practice.
The championship leader set his session-topping time surprisingly early. Initially he enjoyed a gap of half a second over his closest pursuers, with Christian Vietoris and Giedo van der Garde leading the chase.
Both drivers improved in the middle of the session, but all they could do was edge closer to the DAMS driver's time rather than surpass it. Van der Garde then had dramas in the pitlane in the closing minutes as he could not select first gear. Work by the Addax team enabled him to get on-track for an out lap at the end of the session.
On track there was little action at the front. Grosjean was unable to better his early effort, but he didn't need to as nobody in the top 10 went quicker in the second half of the session.
That left ART's Jules Bianchi fourth ahead of Vietoris' team-mate Dani Clos, who made sure both Racing Engineering cars got into the top five. Adam Carroll, who only returned to GP2 last weekend at the Nurburgring, completed the top six for Super Nova.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Romain Grosjean DAMS 1m31.173s 2. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m31.241s + 0.068s 3. Giedo van der Garde Addax 1m31.345s + 0.172s 4. Jules Bianchi ART 1m31.680s + 0.507s 5. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m31.725s + 0.552s 6. Adam Carroll Super Nova 1m31.824s + 0.651s 7. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m31.845s + 0.672s 8. Davide Valsecchi AirAsia 1m31.855s + 0.682s 9. Max Chilton Carlin 1m31.909s + 0.736s 10. Sam Bird iSport 1m31.985s + 0.812s 11. Luca Filippi Coloni 1m32.000s + 0.827s 12. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m32.091s + 0.918s 13. Charles Pic Addax 1m32.101s + 0.928s 14. Marcus Ericsson iSport 1m32.106s + 0.933s 15. Josef Kral Arden 1m32.117s + 0.944s 16. Pal Varhaug DAMS 1m32.171s + 0.998s 17. Luiz Razia AirAsia 1m32.210s + 1.037s 18. Johnny Cecotto Ocean 1m32.219s + 1.046s 19. Stefano Coletti Trident 1m32.464s + 1.291s 20. Jolyon Palmer Arden 1m32.487s + 1.314s 21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident 1m32.600s + 1.427s 22. Julian Leal Rapax 1m32.636s + 1.463s 23. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova 1m32.659s + 1.486s 24. Michael Herck Coloni 1m32.676s + 1.503s 25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean 1m32.687s + 1.514s 26. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m32.863s + 1.690s