Grosjean heads testing at Silverstone
5 April 2011 – GP2 Asia Series Champion Romain Grosjean led the way as Main Series testing took place at Silverstone on Tuesday. Behind the Franco-Swiss driver, whose best time for DAMS was 1:40.725, Josef Kral and Fabio Leimer recorded the second and third best efforts for Arden and Rapax respectively.
Lap times in the afternoon phase were significantly quicker than those of the morning, as the day’s action began in wet and gusty conditions at the chilly Northamptonshire venue. However, the weather did allow tyre supplier Pirelli to run its wet weather products. The morning ended with Jules Bianchi quickest for ART.
Grosjean led the way immediately in the afternoon, although Coloni’s Davide Rigon – Superleague Formula title winner – also enjoyed some minutes atop the timesheets. Away from the track action, the session also gave teams time to attempt pit-stop practices.
With half an hour to go, Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson went fastest for iSport, two tenths up on Monaco’s Stefano Coletti of Trident; having already changed tyres, the duo’s lap times prompted the rest of the field to also switch to Slick tyres on the ever-drying circuit.
The times continued to change rapidly, with more drivers making their ways onto the track, although a red flag caused a premature end to the day as Fairuz Fauzy touched a piece of Astroturf and lost control of the Super Nova car. By now Grosjean had returned to the top and, as the incident occurred only eight minutes before the scheduled finishing time, the session did not restart.
GP2 testing continues at Silverstone on Wednesday