Grosjean sets the pace at Paul Ricard

Romain Grosjean topped the final day of this week's GP2 test at Paul Ricard today

Grosjean sets the pace at Paul Ricard

The Frenchman set his best time of 1:12.031 in the morning session and it proved unbeatable as the rising temperature prevented the cars from improving their times in the afternoon.

Grosjean was relieved to be back at the front after struggling through much of yesterday's session with a vibration in the steering column.

"Yesterday was very frustrating because we changed everything but the problem stayed the same," he told autosport.com. "Today was much improved and I am a lot happier."

Pastor Maldonado bounced back from his exclusion yesterday to record the second quickest time for Piquet Sports, just a fraction ahead of Adrian Valles.

The morning session was delayed by 45 minutes due to fog, but conditions were perfect when running got underway and the cars were immediately under the existing lap record.

Spaniard Javier Villa was quickest in the afternoon's three-hour session, but the rising temperature during the day made all the times a couple of tenths slower than in the morning.

GP2 testing continues at Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

Morning times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Ronain Grosjean ART Grand Prix 1:12.031 40 2. Pastor Maldonado Piquet Sports 1:12.129 25 3. Adrian Valles FMS International 1:12.155 35 4. Giorgio Pantano Racing engineering 1:12.241 38 5. Luca Filippi ART Grand Prix 1:12.357 22 6. Bruno Senna iSport International 1:12.411 28 7. Karun Chandhok iSport International 1:12.439 15 8. Vitaly Petrov Campos Team 1:12.574 36 9. Andreas Zuber Piquet Sports 1:12.619 32 10. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:12.652 28 11. Alvaro Parente Super Nova Racing 1:12.673 32 12. Sebastien Buemi Arden international 1:12.766 38 13. Mike Conway Trident Racing 1:12.799 32 14. Yelmer Buurman  Arden international 1:12.818 24 15. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1:12.894 22 16. Christian Bakkerud Super Nova Racing 1:12.901 34 17. Andy Soucek FMS International 1:12.997 38 18. Javier Villa Racing engineering 1:13.057 17 19. Jerome d'Ambrosio DAMS 1:13.190 37 20. Alberto Valerio Durango 1:13.211 42 21. Ben Hanley Campos Team 1:13.334 14 22. Diego Nunes DPR 1:13.448 22 23. Ho Pin Tung Trident Racing 1:13.577 40 24. Paolo Nocera BCN Competicion 1:13.696 30 25. Milos Pavlovic BCN Competicion 1:14.383 30 26. Michael Herck DPR 1:14.556 24

Arternoon times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Javier Villa Racing engineering 1:12.254 33 2. Vitaly Petrov Campos Team 1:12.285 28 3. Romain Grosjean ART Grand Prix 1:12.313 34 4. Mike Conway Trident Racing 1:12.401 24 5. Andy Soucek FMS International 1:12.408 25 6. Adrian Valles FMS International 1:12.492 21 7. Karun Chandhok iSport International 1:12.540 24 8. Andreas Zuber Piquet Sports 1:12.580 12 9. Pastor Maldonado Piquet Sports 1:12.627 17 10. Yelmer Buurman Arden international 1:12.734 41 11. Sebastien Buemi Arden international 1:12.751 28 12. Bruno Senna iSport International 1:12.767 35 13. Alvaro Parente Super Nova International 1:12.773 31 14. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:12.791 31 15. Giorgio Pantano Racing engineering 1:12.822 30 16. Luca Filippi ART Grand Prix 1:12.877 21 17. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1:12.899 28 18. Ben Hanley Campos Team 1:13.060 43 19. Christian Bakkerud Super Nova International 1:13.568 37 20. Paolo Nocera BCN Competicion 1:13.588 46 21. Ho-Pin Tung Trident Racing 1:13.698 40 22. Milos Pavlovic BCN Competicion 1:13.772 51 23. Diego Nunes DPR 1:13.820 42 24. Michael Herck DPR 1:13.837 38 25. Alberto Valerio Durango 1:13.855 19 26. Jerome d'Ambrosio DAMS 1:14.147 26 
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