Hamilton goes fastest at Ricard

McLaren protege Lewis Hamilton continued to show that he will be a force to be reckoned with in this year's GP2 series, by topping the timesheets on the first day of 2006 testing at Paul Ricard on Wednesday

Hamilton goes fastest at Ricard

ART driver Hamilton was fastest both in the morning and afternoon session of the day but run close by Soper Nova's Jose Maria Lopez who was just over a tenth of a second slower than the Briton.

New Durango recruit Lucas di Grassi, confirmed at the team earlier this month, was third quickest.

The test was an opportunity to test Bridgestone's new slick tyres for the first time, with early indications suggesting that the cars are approximately three seconds per lap quicker around the 2.4 mile '3D' track layout of the French circuit.

Today's times:

Pos  Driver       Team                      Time      Laps
 1.  Hamilton     ART Grand Prix            1:12.838  30
 2.  Lopez        Super Nova International  1:12.957  31
 3.  di Grassi    Durango                   1:13.638  33
 4.  Premat       ART Grand Prix            1:13.903  18
 5.  Ammermueller Arden International       1:14.006  50
 6.  Lapierre     Arden International       1:14.010  44
 7.  Negrao       Piquet Sports             1:14.103  54
 8.  Perera       DAMS                      1:14.106  36
 9.  Bruni        Trident Racing            1:14.410  24
10.  Carroll      Racing Engineering        1:14.560  25
11.  Monfardini   DAMS                      1:14.627  44
12.  Yoshimoto    BCN Competicion           1:14.827  16
13.  Filippi      FMS International         1:14.922  24
14.  Piquet       Piquet Sports             1:14.977  31
15.  Gommendy     iSport International      1:15.026  15
16.  Zuber        Trident Racing            1:15.186  45
17.  Valles       Campos Racing             1:15.253  20
18.  Glock        BCN Competicion           1:15.608  12
19.  Pla          DPR Direxiv               1:15.638  30
20.  Fauzy        Super Nova International  1:15.701  14
21.  Viso         iSport International      1:16.006  15
22.  Porteiro     Campos Racing             1:16.143  31
23.  Tahinci      FMS International         1:16.348  25
24.  Villa        Racing Engineering        1:16.400   6
25.  Piccione     DPR Direxiv                          2
26.  Hernandez    Durango                              1

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