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02/10/11
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Romain Grosjean leads French Connection
First GP2 Asia Series Champion Romain Grosjean put his Dams GP2/11 car on pole position for tomorrow’s feature race at Yas Marina Circuit. He set a best lap time of 1:36.041 - a clear four tenths ahead of Jules Bianchi at Lotus ART, and making it an all French front row. Reigning Champion Davide Valsecchi qualified third at the wheel of the new Team AirAsia car.

A couple of hours following today’s first practice session of the fourth GP2 Asia Series, the twenty-six cars were back in action in Abu Dhabi for the qualifying session. After only three laps, Grosjean set the pace in 1:36.568 with Valsecchi a shy tenth slower. Also on his third lap, Bianchi went top, but it was only temporarily as Grosjean improved even further and went two tenths quicker than his fellow countryman.

At mid-session, with most of the cars back in the pits, Grosjean was leading Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson, Davide Valsecchi, earlier quickest man Josef Kral, Dani Clos and GP3 Series Champion Esteban Gutierrez. When the cars took back to the track, Clos at Racing Engineering moved up to P3 before eventually being edged out by Valsecchi.

Meanwhile, Grosjean would not let anyone steal pole from him today, improving his best lap time and setting a four tenth gap between him and Bianchi. Clearly on par with Grosjean’s pace, Bianchi put his head down and started to push to reduce said gap, but not only did he get stuck in traffic in his third sector but he also went wide one time too many making it impossible to snatch pole from the Dams’ racer.

Behind the top three, Clos, Giedo van der Garde, Ericsson, Carlin’s Max Chilton, Kral, Gutierrez and newcomer Nathanael Berthon at Racing Engineering rounded up the top ten.

Tomorrow’s first feature race of the GP2 Asia Series will start at 16:55, local time. And with fourteen drivers within the same second during today’s qualifying session, it is definitely one race you do not want to miss! Abu Dhabi – Practice Session

Driver
Team
Lap time
Laps
1.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:36.041
14
2.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:36.448
15
3.
Davide Valsecchi
Team AirAsia
1:36.501
15
4.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:36.614
15
5.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:36.658
13
6.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:36.659
13
7.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:36.693
14
8.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:36.724
13
9.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:36.741
14
10.
Nathanael Berthon
Racing Engineering
1:36.825
15
11.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:36.830
14
12.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:36.8631
15
13.
Oliver Turvey
Ocean Racing Technology
1:36,875
14
14.
Charles Pic
Barwa Addax Team
1:36.961
13
15.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:37.047
12
16.
Johnny Cecotto
Super Nova Racing
1:37.129
15
17.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:37.145
16
18.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:37.305
14
19.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:37.329
15
20.
Andrea Caldarelli
Ocean Racing Technology
1:37.345
15
21.
Luiz Razia
Team AirAsia
1:37.426
9
22.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
1:37.535
11
23.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:37.572
14
24.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:37.632
13
25.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:37,669
10
26.
James Jakes
Scuderia Coloni
1:37.741
14

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