Rosberg Fastest in Practice

Nico Rosberg has set a time of 1:27.154 to take the fastest lap in free practice, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen and Scott Speed, at the Circuit Nevers Magny Cours

Rosberg Fastest in Practice

The drivers were greeted with dark and ominous looking clouds across the region as they arrived at the track, but the sun started to peek through as the cars took to the dry track.

Local knowledge helped Nicolas Lapierre set the early pace - the Frenchman grew up near the track and clearly knew the fastest line around his home track - before teammate Heikki Kovalainen claimed the top spot from him with a time of 1:27.311.

Rosberg set his fastest lap 18 minutes into a session which suffered from few incidents - Ryan Sharp stopped on track after a spin, with Hiroki Yoshimoto also stopping on track and Ferdinando Monfardini needing a push from the marshalls to get back to the pits.

As ever, grid is remarkably close - the top ten drivers are split by just one second, with two seconds covering the first eighteen drivers - setting up a promising battle for this afternoon's qualifying session.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 1:27.154 12 2. Kovalainen Arden International 1:27.311 + 0.157 15 3. Speed iSport International 1:27.520 + 0.366 12 4. Pantano Super Nova International 1:27.623 + 0.469 10 5. Lapierre Arden International 1:27.876 + 0.722 14 6. Premat ART Grand Prix 1:27.923 + 0.769 13 7. Pla DPR 1:28.048 + 0.894 13 8. Lopez DAMS 1:28.072 + 0.918 14 9. Bruni Coloni Motorsport 1:28.123 + 0.969 9 10. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports 1:28.253 + 1.099 18 11. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 1:28.274 + 1.120 11 12. Carroll Super Nova International 1:28.414 + 1.260 15 13. Viso BCN Competicion 1:28.444 + 1.290 15 14. Garcia Racing Engineering 1:28.486 + 1.332 15 15. Jani Racing Engineering 1:28.491 + 1.337 15 16. Fauzy DAMS 1:28.920 + 1.766 17 17. Monfardini Durango 1:29.004 + 1.850 11 18. Piccione Durango 1:29.063 + 1.909 15 19. Alvarez Campos Racing 1:29.373 + 2.219 11 20. Lauda Coloni Motorsport 1:29.655 + 2.501 16 21. Artam iSport International 1:29.771 + 2.617 15 22. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 1:29.838 + 2.684 14 23. Hernandez Campos Racing 1:30.003 + 2.849 16 24. Sharp DPR 1:30.364 + 3.210 7 
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