Grosjean easily ahead in GP2 practice
26 May 2011 – Reigning GP2 Asia Series Champion Romain Grosjean has kick-started his Monaco weekend by dominating the half-hour practice session of Thursday afternoon. Behind the DAMS driver, who was a huge 1.2 seconds quicker than the second-placed car, Dani Clos and local driver Stefano Coletti complete the top three.
Ahead of his rivals halfway through the session, Franco-Swiss Grosjean was never headed again as he serenely navigated the famous streets, with his final lap extending the margin further. Just outside the top three, a possible improved lap for Luca Filippi was ruined as the Italian spun his Super Nova at Massenet, confirming a premature end to the session three minutes before time.
Also in the top five was compatriot Davide Valsecchi, although he too ran into trouble by spinning backwards into the Anthony Noghes barriers. Fabio Leimer, the winner in Barcelona last Sunday, saw several flying laps compromised before spinning at Mirabeau in the dying moments.
Joint championship leaders Giedo van der Garde and Sam Bird experienced relatively quiet sessions, with the Dutch and English representatives managing no more than tenth and 13th positions for Addax and iSport, respectively.
GP2 qualifying in Monaco begins at 4:15pm local time (BST +1)