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Frenchman leads the way in Barcelona

Romain Grosjean has picked up where he left off in Istanbul after setting the pace in this morning’s free practice session in Barcelona, claiming the top spot by half a second from Davide Valsecchi and Jules Bianchi.

The Frenchman set his fastest lap of 1:30.559 just five minutes into the quiet session, with his rivals chipping away at his time over the remainder of the session. With all of the teams testing earlier this year, the session was largely used to fine tune their set ups for the weekend.

Grosjean ultimately set the two fastest laps of the session, with everyone happy to drive within themselves and avoid any unnecessary work before this afternoon’s qualifying session: the closest thing to an incident during the session was when Fairuz Fauzy ran a little too deep at turn 12 and got stuck in the gravel, bringing his track time to an early end.

Behind the top three were Giedo van der Garde, Luca Filippi, Charles Pic, Fabio Leimer, Pal Varhaug and Dani Clos, all of whom were within a second of the top time. But while it’s unlikely that these times will ultimately be representative of this weekend’s pace, it is equally unlikely that qualifying will be so sedate: with the teams and drivers so intimately knowledgeable about the circuit, you should expect a huge battle for pole this afternoon.

Barcelona – Free Practice

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:30.559

13

2. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:31.081

14

3. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:31.214

11

4. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:31.237

12

5. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:31.265

7

6. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:31.410

10

7. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:31.507

16

8. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:31.536

14

9. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.656

13

10. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:31.672

14

11. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:31.834

14

12. Max Chilton Carlin 1:31.840

16

13. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:31.889

10

14. Alvaro Parente Racing Engineering 1:31.930

13

15. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:31.982

6

16. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:32.031

14

17. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:32.040

15

18. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.073

16

19 Julian Leal Rapax 1:32.144

7

20. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.201

16

21. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1:32.211

14

22. Josef Kral Arden International 1:32.499

4

23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:32.778

14

24. Sam Bird iSport International 1:33.491

18

25. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:33.274

13

26. Jolyon Palmer Arden International

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