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Filippi and Leimer top Monza practice times

Home favourite Luca Filippi managed to beat an early blistering lap from Fabio Leimer to claim the top spot of the Friday morning practice session timesheet at Monza.
A warm and sunny Monza brought out the best in the track and the drivers, as the GP2 field got to work on its final race weekend of the 2011 season.

Sam Bird set one of the first fast laps of the morning, but it wasn't until Julian Leal, Luiz Razia, Fabio Leimer and Fairuz Fauzy went to the top of the timesheets in the 1:34-range.

After that it was down to Leimer and Luca Filippi to blaze a trail into the sort of times that had been expected, with Leimer setting a benchmark of 1:32.128s before his mid-session pit stop that was then eclipsed by Filippi who stayed out longer on a quiet track to record a 1:32.018s at just past the 15 minute mark, and while neither driver was able to improve their best time in later runs there was also no one able to challenge them for the top two spots either.

Romain Grosjean had a practice of two halves, overshooting both of the first two chicanes and taking a trip through the gravel at the Parabolica early on which resulted in him setting a time of just 1:46.198s after five runs coming back into the pits for a check-over. He improved considerably in the second half of the session to slip into third place with a laptime of 1:32.316s, although that was still a little disappointing given that he routinely tops the Friday morning practice sessions.

Johnny Cecotto's car spun off at the Parabolica on only his second time around the Monza track leaving him at the bottom of the timesheets for the morning, while Julian Leal's practice session came to a premature end when he spun out in the second chicane with less than five minutes of the 30 minute practice session remaining. Michael Herck's car also ground to a halt as the chequered flag came out.

Standing in for the injured Stefano Coletti at Trident, St├ęphane Richelmi finished his first session in GP2 in 25th place with a time of 1:34.935s but was able to complete only eight laps while the typical run was 14-15 laps.

Full practice session times available.



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Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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