Grosjean leads Silverstone practice

Romain Grosjean opened this weekend's GP2 Series round at Silverstone with the fastest lap in free practice

Grosjean leads Silverstone practice

The Barwa Addax driver went to the top of the timesheets halfway through the 30 minute session with a 1m26.808s, and the time was good enough to stand until a red flag brought running to an end a couple of minutes ahead of schedule.

Andreas Zuber was second fastest for FMSI, his best lap just over 0.2 seconds shy of Grosjean's, with ORT's Karun Chandhok third.

A combination of incidents and technical problems mean that several drivers will go into qualifying with less track time than they might have liked, including both of ART's drivers after Nico Hulkenberg failed to complete a timed lap and Pastor Maldonado backed his car into the barriers at Copse.

Super Nova's Javier Villa was sidelined with what appeared to be an engine failure with 10 minutes remaining, and Arden rookie Sergio Perez spun in the closing minutes.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Romain Grosjean Addax 1m26.808s 2. Andreas Zuber Fisichella 1m27.025s + 0.217s 3. Karun Chandhok Ocean 1m27.315s + 0.507s 4. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 1m27.377s + 0.569s 5. Alvaro Parente Ocean 1m27.425s + 0.617s 6. Pastor Maldonado ART 1m27.514s + 0.706s 7. Javier Villa Super Nova 1m27.545s + 0.737s 8. Vitaly Petrov Addax 1m27.675s + 0.867s 9. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1m28.109s + 1.301s 10. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m28.295s + 1.487s 11. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS 1m28.309s + 1.501s 12. Daniel Clos Racing Engineering 1m28.361s + 1.553s 13. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet 1m28.468s + 1.660s 14. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1m28.486s + 1.678s 15. Diego Nunes iSport 1m28.551s + 1.743s 16. Sergio Perez Arden 1m28.619s + 1.811s 17. Giedo van der Garde iSport 1m28.639s + 1.831s 18. Alberto Valerio Piquet 1m28.662s + 1.854s 19. Edoardo Mortara Arden 1m29.068s + 2.260s 20. Davide Rigon Trident 1m29.190s + 2.382s 21. Michael Herck DPR 1m29.218s + 2.410s 22. Luiz Razia Fisichella 1m29.375s + 2.567s 23. Nelson Panciatici Durango 1m29.423s + 2.615s 24. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1m30.268s + 3.460s 25. Ricardo Teixeira Trident 1m31.401s + 4.593s 26. Nico Hulkenberg ART 
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