Bird fastest in Barcelona practice
7 May 2010 – Britain's Sam Bird stopped the clocks quickest to lead the first practice session of the 2010 GP2 season on Friday morning. The ART Grand Prix driver led the way at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya from Arden Frenchman Charles Pic.
With Bird and ART team-mate Jules Bianchi tipped as two title contenders this season, the Roehampton driver topped the timesheets with a best effort of 1:28.511 in the only half-hour practice session provided before qualifying later this afternoon, which will also last for 30 minutes.
There was a fortunate shortage of yellow flags although drama was provided by Addax driver Luiz Razia, as the Brazilian Virgin Racing F1 test driver lost control of his car and spun.
Alberto Valerio and Jérôme d'Ambrosio were the only other pair of casualties of any kind, as the Coloni driver ended practice in the gravel trap and the DAMS man - a Renault F1 tester - ground to a halt after managing only two laps.
The first qualifying session of 2010 will begin at 3:55pm (BST +1)