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DATE News (chronologically)
06/20/09
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Grosjean takes GP2 pole at Silverstone
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean has claimed his third pole of the season in blustery conditions this afternoon here in Silverstone, finding a clear lap while his rivals tripped over themselves in traffic to take the top spot ahead of Alberto Valerio and Alvaro Parente.

Grosjean set a best time of 1:25.899 on a clear lap after exiting the pits with fresh tires ahead of the remainder of the field, cutting two tenths out of Valerio's time to claim pole while his rivals tripped over each other trying to beat him.

The fight for the top spot between the pair was intense: the Brazilian set the early pace until Grosjean bested all three sectors to slot in ahead, but with much of the field coming in to the pits halfway through the session one last, clear lap for Valerio looked to have solidified him at the top, until Grosjean escaped ahead of everyone else and stole it back.

Romain Grosjean
In the closing minutes though it looked set to tumble: Jérôme d'Ambrosio was the first man to miss out because of traffic, having to make do with fourth ahead of Lucas di Grassi, Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hülkenberg, all of whom had a legitimate claim for pole before having their laps spoilt for them. Today's pole was one second faster than the best lap from last year: the first thirteen drivers were ahead of that time, which promises a blistering pace for race one tomorrow afternoon.

Davide Valsecchi and Diego Nunes will lose five grid positions for tomorrow's race after the stewards judged them to have blocked their competitors during this afternoon's qualifying session in Silverstone.

Nunes will now take to the grid in sixteenth position, while Valsecchi will start from twentieth.

The stewards also announced that Roldan Rodriguez, Sergio Perez and Ricardo Teixeira, who all failed to complete a lap in qualifying, will be allowed to start from the rear of the grid after setting times in free practice which were within 107% of Romain Grosjean's pole lap.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Gap
1. Romain Grosjean Addax 1m25.899s +0.000
2. Alberto Valerio Piquet 1m26.103s +0.204s
3. Alvaro Parente Ocean 1m26.162s +0.263s
4. Jerome D'Ambrosio DAMS 1m26.317s +0.418s
5. Lucas di Grassi Racing Engineering 1m26.370s +0.471s
6. Vitaly Petrov Addax 1m26.381s +0.482s
7. Nico Hulkenberg ART 1m26.406s +0.507s
8. Javier Villa Super Nova 1m26.678s +0.779s
9. Pastor Maldonado ART 1m26.723s +0.824s
10. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1m26.747s +0.848s
11. Diego Nunes iSport 1m26.831s +0.932s
12. Karun Chandhok Ocean 1m26.842s +0.943s
13. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m26.927s +1.028s
14. Davide Rigon Trident 1m27.086s +1.187s
15. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1m27.105s +1.206s
16. Andreas Zuber Fisichella 1m27.106s +1.207s
17. Giedo van der Garde iSport 1m27.135s +1.236s
18. Luca Filippi Super Nova 1m27.379s +1.480s
19. Edoardo Mortara Arden 1m27.494s +1.595s
20. Michael Herck DPR 1m27.598s +1.699s
21. Nelson Panciatici Durango 1m28.014s +2.115s
22. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1m28.043s +2.144s
23. Luiz Razia Fisichella 1m28.789s +2.890s
24. Roldan Rodriguez Piquet No Time N/A
25. Ricardo Teixeira Trident No Time N/A
26. Sergio Perez Arden No Time N/A

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