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Silverstone - test times - April 5

Romain Grosjean topped the test times on the first day of GP2 main series pre-season testing, held in cold, wet and windy conditions at Silverstone.
The first day of GP2 pre-season testing was held in cold, wet and windy conditions which allowed the teams to try out the new Pirelli wet weather tyres. GP2 Asia Series Champion Romain Grosjean picked up where he left off and was the early pacesetter in the morning, before GP3 Series Champion Gutierrez became the first man to break the 1:58 mark. By the time the morning session was down to 15 minutes to run, the times were approaching 1:56 in slightly improving conditions, and it was left to Grosjean's GP2 Asia nemesis Jules Bianchi to be the first and only driver to break this barrier in the morning.

The track continued to dry over lunch and Grosjean was once again the fastest early runner in the afternoon session, putting in a time of 1:52.243 which was three seconds faster than anyone else at that point. But the times tumbled as the session wore on, and Trident's Stefano Coletti set a time of 1:44.085 when he was the first driver to risk slick tyres. The rest of the field switched to slicks for the final thirty minutes of the session and the timing screens resembled a slot machine as position changes and fastest times flooded in. Grosjean had set the quickest laptime of the afternoon - and the day - with 1:40.725 when Fairuz Fauzy lost control of his Super Nova on the astroturf and crashed, bringing out a red flag from which the session did not resume.

The testing session saw Christian Vietoris back at Racing Engineering after being absent from the GP2 Asia series, and Davide Rigon returned to GP2 at Scuderia Coloni. Other drivers appearing at the test in Silverstone included Ocean Racing Technology's new driver line-up Johnny Cecotto and rookie Kevin Mirocha, and Oliver Turvey who - having lost a chance of continuing into the GP2 main series at Super Nova - was instead subbing at Carlin for a cash-strapped Mikhail Aleshin.

A second day of pre-season testing was held at Silverstone on the following day.

Morning session

1. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 55.769 (29 laps)
2. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 56.146 (22 laps)
3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 56.236 (21 laps)
4. Charles Pic Barwa Addax 1m 56.244 (29 laps)
5. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax 1m 56.496 (22 laps)
6. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 56.841 (21 laps)
7. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 57.027 (25 laps)
8. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 57.270 (21 laps)
9. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 57.296 (25 laps)
10. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 57.452 (19 laps)
11. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m 57.472 (11 laps)
12. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 57.576 (24 laps)
13. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 57.788 (29 laps)
14. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 57.850 (27 laps)
15. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 57.871 (20 laps)
16. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 58.027 (17 laps)
17. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 58.289 (19 laps)
18. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 58.293 (40 laps)
19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 58.319 (14 laps)
20. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 58.439 (30 laps)
21. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1m 58.770 (10 laps)
22. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 58.048 (21 laps)
23. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 2m 00.070 (17 laps)
24. Fabio Leimer Rapax 2m 00.228 (26 laps)
25. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 2m 00.299 (13 laps)
26. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing No time (2 laps)

Afternoon Session

1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 40.725 (17 laps)
2. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 41.361 (11 laps)
3. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m 41.480 (14 laps)
4. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 41.525 (14 laps)
5. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 41.555 (15 laps)
6. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 41.639 (15 laps)
7. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1m 41.651 (14 laps)
8. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 41.781 (15 laps)
9. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 41.819 (20 laps)
10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1m 41.900 (13 laps)
11. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m 42.103 (17 laps)
12. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 42.147 (17 laps)
13. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1m 42.231 (18 laps)
14. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 42.360 (18 laps)
15. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1m 42.376 (21 laps)
16. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 42.399 (16 laps)
17. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1m 42.488 (9 laps)
18. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 42.508 (12 laps)
19. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 42.509 (16 laps)
20. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1m 42.929 (13 laps)
21. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 43.125 (14 laps)
22. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 43.450 (17 laps)
23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 43.479 (18 laps)
24. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 43.919 (16 laps)
25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 44.029 (21 laps)
26. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 55.587 (3 laps)



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