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Series leader quickest in free practice in Budapest

A week after his sprint race success at Nurburgring, Series leader Romain Grosjean has once again picked up where he left off. He set the pace in this morning’s practice session at Hugaroring with a best laptime of 1:31.173 just ten minutes into the session.

A dry track welcomed the twenty-six cars with Fabio Leimer, Davide Valsecchi and Christian Vietoris quick in action as soon as the pitlane opened, all looking to top the timesheet, but it was Adam Carroll who found the extra pace to claim P1 at the wheel of his Super Nova car.

The GP2 returnee could not enjoy it for long however as Grosjean posted a quick laptime of 1:31.606, enough to put him at the top of the timesheet. He would lose it but only just temporarily when Vietoris improved, and with ten minutes gone on the clock the Frenchman was back in control and his best laptime was never bettered.

Everyone else’s best efforts for the remainder of the session would prove to be fruitless, with Stefano Coletti and Marcus Ericsson pushing a bit too much and ending their free practice prematurely. Title rival Giedo van der Garde spent most of the session in the pits following mechanical gremlins. The Dutchman however finished P3 and just one tenth from the quickest laptime.

Grosjean may be leading the way in Hungary, but with Vietoris finishing P2 a shy 0.06s from the Dams racer, the top seventeen drivers finishing within one second, and the unpredictability of the weather, the qualifying session is set to be another GP2 Series classic.

Budapest – Free Practice

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:31.173

13

2. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:31.241

15

3. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:31.345

10

4. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:31.680

14

5. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.725

14

6. Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:31.824

15

7. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:31.845

16

8. Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:31.855

16

9. Max Chilton Carlin 1:31.909

14

10. Sam Bird iSport International 1:31.985

12

11. Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:32.000

14

12. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1:32.091

16

13. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:32.101

13

14. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:32.106

7

15. Josef Kral Arden International 1:32.117

13

16. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:32.171

14

17. Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:32.210

15

18. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.219

14

19 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:32.464

5

20. Johnny Palmer Arden International 1:32.487

15

21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:32.600

15

22. Julian Leal Rapax 1:32.6636

14

23. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:32.659

13

24. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:32.676

13

25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.687

13

26. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:32.863

13