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Championship contender Davide Valsecchi set the pace as the only GP2 practice session was staged at Hockenheim on Friday morning. Like in Formula 1 practice, the period was affected by rain and a number of drivers were duly caught out by the slippery conditions.
The crowd enjoyed a spin for Monaco winner Johnny Cecotto in the early stages, with the Venezuelan spinning at the first corner before Simon Trummer came dangerously close to doing the same thing.
At that point, Sauber F1 reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez held the top spot before championship leader Luiz Razia showed his hand for the first time this weekend.
Valsecchi’s best effort came in the form of 1:24.031, edging out Razia by a tenth of a second as Gutierrez was duly pushed down to third place.
The talking point of the session was a sizeable accident for Venezuelan Giancarlo Serenelli, who ran wide entering the stadium before spinning and slamming into the outside wall on the entry to Sachs Kurve.
Fortunately, the 31-year-old - who was launched into a triple 360-degree spin - was able to climb from his car unaided before being checked over by medical officials.
GP2 Qualifying begins at 3:50pm local time (BST +1)
|5.||G. van der Garde||Caterham||01:24.337||9|
|6.||F. Leimer||Racing Engin.||01:24.342||8|
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