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Grosjean easily ahead in eventful practice

Romain Grosjean stayed out of trouble and headed the timesheets from his very first flying laps, while other drivers hit traffic, problems and even the wall at Monaco.
Romain Grosjean dominated practice, finishing a second clear of Dani Clos and local boy Stefano Coletti after being one of the drivers least affected by traffic, minor accidents, yellow and red flags through the half hour session.

The start of the practice session was delayed by track staff having to make repairs to the tyre barrier at St Devote after Michael Schumacher's run-off there during the morning F1 practice session.

The GP2 practice finally got underway at 12.10pm, and was then further curtailed by a brief red flag required while marshalls cleared debris from the track following a crash between Charles Pic and Luiz Razia in turn 16 through the swimming pool. Pic had been slowing up to give himself some room on the packed track and Razia simply didn't spot the danger and went into the back of the Barwa Addax.

There were also yellow flags late in the session for separate spins involving Fabio Leimer at Mirabeau and Luca Filippi in Casino Square but both drivers kept their cars off the barriers, while the end of the session was compromised when Davide Valsecchi spun the AirAsia in the final corner and hit the barriers at Anthony Noghes, wrecking his rear wing and leaving debris in the middle of the track.

Full session times and positions available.

Qualifying for the feature race will be held from 4.15-4.45pm (3.15-3.45pm BST), with the feature race scheduled to start on Friday morning from 11.15am (10.15am BST). Jules Bianchi will have to take a five place drop in his grid position wherever he qualifies this afternoon, after being penalised for causing a starting grid accident at the Barcelona sprint race last Sunday.

Oliver Turvey replaces Mikhail Aleshin in Monaco, while Alvaro Parente continues to sit in for Christian Vietrois at Racing Engineering and Kevin Ceccon for the injured Davide Rigon at Coloni.



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2011 GP2 Series. Round 1. Istanbul Park, Istanbul Turkey. 6th May. Friday Qualifying. Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams). [Picture credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing), has his photo taken on day 1 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday 19 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) on day 1 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday 19 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) on day 1 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday 19 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, ART Grand Prix) during the second day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday November 6, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, ART Grand Prix) during the second day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday November 6, 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
James Calado (GBR , ART Grand Prix) celebrates his victory with Dani Clos (ESP, MP Motorsport) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR , ART Grand Prix) celebrates his victory on the podium with Dani Clos (ESP, MP Motorsport) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.)
Daniil Kvyat (RUS, MW Arden), 2013 GP3 Champion, Alexander Sims (GBR, Carlin) & Nick Yelloly (GBR, Carlin) celebrate on the podium following the conclusion of the first race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 2, 2013. (World Copyright: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic.)
Dani Clos (ESP, MP Motorsport) in trouble during the feature race in Monza - Saturday, September 7 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during practice at Monza - Friday, September 6 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during practice at Monza - Friday, September 6 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during Friday practice at Spa-Francorchamps - Friday, August 23 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Dani Clos (ESP, MP Motorsport) during Friday practice at Spa-Francorchamps - Friday, August 23 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during Friday practice at Spa-Francorchamps - Friday, August 23 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during practice in Hungary. Friday July 26 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during practice in Hungary. Friday July 26 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Dani Clos (ESP, MP Motorsport) in Hungary. Thursday July 25 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)

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