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DATE News (chronologically)
05/21/09
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Grosjean on top in free practice
Romain Grosjean showed the rest of the field how best to deal with the famous Monaco traffic by claiming the top spot in this morning's free practice session in Monaco, just ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Luca Filippi.

The Frenchman ran on a different schedule to most of his closest rivals to set a best lap time of 1:21.267, almost two tenths faster than his nearest rival who was changing tires as Grosjean set a string of quick laps halfway through the session.

The session opened under clear blue skies, with Andreas Zuber and Alberto Valerio swapping fastest times early in the session, but it was Filippi who was soon sitting on top of the timesheets while Grosjean was caught out in heavy traffic at Rascasse, tapping the rear of an almost stationary Davide Valsecchi and prompting an early stop.

But it soon proved to be an inspired move: Grosjean, di Grassi and Filippi were soon swapping fastest laps, but it was the Frenchman who was able to take advantage when his rivals were forced to pit for fresh tires.

In the closing minutes of the session it was clear that a challenge was going to be made to the top time, but when Valerio caught the wall just out of St Devote after passing Michael Herck the session was red flagged, and Grosjean's competitors were forced to wait until this afternoon’s qualifying session to prove that they've got more in reserve.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Grosjean Barwa Addax Team 1:21.267 +0.000 17
2. Di Grassi Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:21.452 +0.185 15
3. Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:22.159 +0.892 14
4. Petrov Barwa Addax Team 1:22.223 +0.956 13
5. Maldonado ART Grand Prix 1:22.233 +0.966 16
6. Zuber FMSI 1:22.258 +0.991 18
7. Villa Super Nova Racing 1:22.449 +1.182 17
8. Chandhok Ocean Racing Technology 1:22.492 +1.225 16
9. Clos Fat Burner Racing Engineering 1:22.748 +1.481 13
10. Parente Ocean Racing Technology 1:22.831 +1.564 15
11. D’Ambrosio DAMS 1:22.998 +1.731 16
12. Perez Telmex Arden International 1:23.040 +1.773 15
13. Van Der Garde iSport International 1:23.086 +1.819 16
14. Hulkenberg ART Grand Prix 1:23.370 +2.103 18
15. Rodriguez Piquet GP 1:23.484 +2.217 16
16. Mortara Telmex Arden International 1:23.523 +2.256 16
17. Kobayashi DAMS 1:23.744 +2.477 17
18. Nunes iSport International 1:23.984 +2.717 16
19. Valerio Piquet GP 1:24.078 +2.811 15
20. Valsecchi Durango 1:24.133 +2.866 15
21. Razia FMSI 1:24.344 +3.077 18
22. Ricci DPR 1:25.861 +4.594 18
23. Panciatici Durango 1:25.929 +4.662 15
24. Herck DPR 1:26.106 +4.839 19
25. Rigon Trident Racing 1:26.169 +4.902 17
26. Teixeira Trident Racing 1:29.373 +8.106 17

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