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Palmer ahead of Valsecchi in practice

Jolyon Palmer made the most of softer medium compound tyres to put iSport at the top of the timesheets in the first GP2 practice session of the 2012 season.
Jolyon Palmer set the fastest time in GP2 practice at Sepang with a lap of 1:46.514s, with iSport the only team to run on the medium compound tyres during the session.

Despite staying on the hard compound Pirelli tyres for the 30 minute session and suffering a lock-up on a late flying lap, DAMS' Davide Valsecchi still managed to come close to the iSport driver at the top of the timesheets and was just 0.164s slower than Palmer when the chequered flag came out. Carlin's Max Chilton finished fourth ahead of Caterham Racing's Giedo van der Garde.

Valsecchi set an early fastest lap while there were local yellows out in sector 13 following a clash at turn 12 between Lotus GP's Esteban Gutiérrez and Barwa Addax's Johnny Cecotto which left Gutiérrez stuck in the gravel with damaged front right suspension. The accident took place when Cecotto tried to pass a slow Gutiérrez around the outside in the middle of the corner.

Stewards announced they would investigate the clash after the end of practice, while Trident's Stephane Richelmi was also due for a post-session investigation for a separate issue.

Cecotto brought out a second local yellow when he spun in the dying minutes of the session coming out of the penultimate corner, causing many drivers to miss out on a final flying lap while stewards helped push his car back onto the track.

The session stayed dry throughout, although dark clouds gathered overhead towards the end and looked set to give the circuit a wash before F1 Free Practice 2 and GP2 qualifying in the afternoon.

Full practice times available.



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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International). [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International). [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin) at the start of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 1st, Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), 2nd, & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 3rd, take the chequered flag at the end of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win in parc ferme after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win with his mechanics after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer, Simon Trummer and Julian Leal celebrate on the podium after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), receives his 3rd place trophy after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), walks to the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), 1st, Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 2nd, & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 3rd after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), 1st, Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 2nd, & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 3rd after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) during qualifying at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) during qualifying at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 1st, Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), 2nd, & Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), 3rd during qualifying at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) during qualifying at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 4 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)

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