Speed Quickest in Practice

Scott Speed was fastest in the GP2 free practice session at Hockenheim

Speed Quickest in Practice

 The American set the quickest lap on his first flying lap and stayed ahead of the rest by slightly improving his time later in the session.

Speed, who claimed the top spot with a time of 1:26.706, was four tenths faster than Olivier Pla and Heikki Kovalainen, who set his fastest time just as the session ended.

Nelson Piquet and Giorgio Pantano were the early pacesetters behind Speed, but their times were slowly eroded by the ever-improving Pla, who built up to speed throughout the session, and a last lap effort by Kovalainen.

The final few minutes saw a flurry of off-track activity as the drivers found and passed the limits - Sergio Hernandez ran backwards into the wall with five minutes to go, before Fairuz Fauzy spun on the edge of the track, throwing up a smoke screen to his pursuers.

Nicolas Lapierre stopped on the side of the track by Hernandez's car with no obvious damage a minute later, just before Pantano clipped the kerb on the final turn, removing his front wing and throwing him across the track in a manner reminiscent of his retirement at the same spot last year while driving for Jordan in Formula One.

As always, the field was remarkably close - the first 14 drivers are covered by just one second, with second through to seventh covered by just one tenth, and the entire grid covered by just 2.1 seconds.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Speed iSport International 1:26.706 16 2. Pla DPR 1:27.132 + 0.426 15 3. Kovalainen Arden International 1:27.136 + 0.430 15 4. Bruni Coloni Motorsport 1:27.151 + 0.445 15 5. Pantano Super Nova International 1:27.191 + 0.485 12 6. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports 1:27.192 + 0.486 17 7. Carroll Super Nova International 1:27.213 + 0.507 16 8. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 1:27.246 + 0.540 13 9. Premat ART Grand Prix 1:27.463 + 0.757 14 10. Piccione Durango 1:27.537 + 0.831 18 11. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 1:27.611 + 0.905 17 12. Lapierre Arden International 1:27.614 + 0.908 11 13. Lopez DAMS 1:27.694 + 0.988 14 14. Monfardini Durango 1:27.742 + 1.036 13 15. Garcia Racing Engineering 1:27.782 + 1.076 16 16. Viso BCN Competicion 1:28.029 + 1.323 13 17. Jani Racing Engineering 1:28.052 + 1.346 18 18. Alvarez Campos Racing 1:28.154 + 1.448 14 19. Fauzy DAMS 1:28.231 + 1.525 16 20. Artam iSport International 1:28.392 + 1.686 17 21. Hernandez Campos Racing 1:28.555 + 1.849 9 22. Lauda Coloni Motorsport 1:28.672 + 1.966 15 23. Sharp DPR 1:28.722 + 2.016 15 24. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports 1:28.899 + 2.193 18 All timing unofficial 
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