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05/08/09
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Grosjean storms to Barcelona pole  Romain Grosjean has taken the first points of the 2009 season by claiming pole for tomorrow's race one in Barcelona, just ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Vitaly Petrov.

The Frenchman stopped the clock at 1:27.510 in the fifth minute of the session, but the Brazilian ran him very close: di Grassi's best time was just 0.021 behind, with Petrov a further five tenths further back.

With temperatures in the pitlane soaring as the session got underway, the majority of the field were immediately on track to take advantage: Giacomo Ricci and Pastor Maldonado set the early pace before Grosjean laid down the challenge, and the fight was on.

Di Grassi, Andreas Zuber and Jerome d'Ambrosio were the principle challengers for the top spot, and Grosjean had to re-emerge late in the session to cover himself: the Frenchman was held up by traffic on his fastest lap, but despite last minute challenges from his teammate and di Grassi, Grosjean had just done enough to claim the first pole of the year.

Just behind the top three were Nico Hülkenberg, Zuber, Luca Filippi, d'Ambrosio and Diego Nunes, although Filippi will lose 3 spots on the grid as a result of his penalty from this morning's practice. With 15 drivers within a second of pole, and 24 drivers within 2 seconds, expect fireworks from the start of tomorrow's race.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Barwa Campos Team 1:27.510 11
2. Lucas di Grassi Fat Burner Racing Eng. 1:27.531 12
3. Vitaly Petrov Barwa Campos Team 1:28.027 12
4. Nico Hülkenberg ART Grand Prix 1:28.088 11
5. Andreas Zuber FMSI 1:28.090 11
6. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:28.195 8
7. Jérôme d’Ambrosio DAMS 1:28.209 12
8. Diego Nunes iSport International 1:28.253 11
9. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet GP 1:28.266 15
10. Pastor Maldonado ART Grand Prix 1:28.283 11
11. Sergio Perez Telmex Arden International 1:28.374 12
12. Javier Villa Super Nova Racing 1:28.381 13
13. Edoardo Mortara Telmex Arden International 1:28.451 15
14. Karun Chandhok  Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.488 14
15. Alvaro Parente Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.608 12
16. Alberto Valerio Piquet GP 1:28.688 14
17. Dani Clos Fat Burner Racing Eng. 1:28.691 14
18. Giedo van der Garde iSport International 1:28.796 11
19. Davide Rigon Trident Racing 1:28.872 13
20 Davide Valsecchi Durango  1:29.164 15
21. Luiz Razia FMSI 1:29.185 14
22. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1:29.350 14
23. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1:29.524 15
24. Nelson Panciatici Durango  1:29.560 14
25 Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 1:31.115 15
26. Michael Herck DPR 1:31.875 7

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