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Frenchman on top in free practice

Romain Grosjean got his weekend under way in fine style by claiming the fastest lap in this morning’s free practice session in Monaco, leading for almost the entire session from Dani Clos and local hero Stefano Coletti.

The Frenchman improved his times throughout free practice before setting a best lap of 1:22.368, more than a second faster than his closest rivals in a session which saw a number of yellow flags, and one red flag, in the busy 30 minute period.

Luca Filippi led his rivals out on track when the lights went green, taking advantage of the clear track to set the early pace, but Grosjean claimed the top spot on the timing sheets next time round and stayed there until the end.

The red flag was shown for an accident between Charles Pic and Luiz Razia, with the Addax driver slow through the swimming pool and the AirAsia man less so, losing a piece of his front wing in the process and giving the marshals a souvenir to collect.

With time running down, the field was desperate to improve, but a few of them pushed too hard: Fabio Leimer spun at the Mirabeau and Filippi spun at Casino Square, with both men doing a remarkable job to stay off the walls, while Davide Valsecchi clipped the wall at Anthony Noghes and lost his rear wing in the process, just as the chequered flag was shown.

Behind the top three were Filippi, Valsecchi, Jules Bianchi, Johnny Cecotto and Esteban Gutierrez: with a few hours to go the relative peace of the free practice is likely to be shattered in what promises to be an intense qualifying session this afternoon.

Monaco – Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:22.368

16

2. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:23.509

12

3. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:23.547

16

4. Luca Filippi 1Super Nova Racing 1:23.643

13

5. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:23.681

16

6. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:23.707

17

7. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:23.804

17

8. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:23.931

16

9. Max Chilton Carlin 1:23.985

17

10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:24.040

14

11. Josef Kral Arden International 1:24.447

16

12. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:24.491

17

13. Sam Bird iSport International 1:24.566

18

14. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:24.817

18

15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:24.976

16

16. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:25.019

16

17. Alvaro Parente Racing Engineering 1:25.092

13

18. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:25.316

17

19 Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:25.500

15

20. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:25.782

17

21. Julian Leal Rapax 1:26.141

16

22. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:26.924

18

23. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:26.990

11

24. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:27.888

17

25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.242

18

26. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:29.125

16