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Turkey - Practice times

Christian Vietoris and Romain Grosjean set fast times late in the session as the Istanbul Park started to dry, allowing them to beat the earlier benchmark set by Giedo van der Garde.
Rain continued to play a major part in the GP2 free practice session at Istanbul Park in Turkey, with Christian Vietoris and Romain Grosjean setting late fast laptimes to bump Giedo van der Garde off the top spot.

Lotus ART's Jules Bianchi survived a scare through turn 9 that saw him lightly clip the barrier. Moments earlier his team mate Esteban Gutierrez had suffered a more serious accident at the same spot and put the car into the inside barrier in a copycat accident to that suffered by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in the earlier F1 first free practice.

Session report also available.

Practice times

1. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 43.399 (12 laps)
2. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 43.618 + 0.219 (11 laps)
3. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1m 43.992 + 0.593 (12 laps)
4. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 44.697 + 1.298 (11 laps)
5. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 44.745 + 1.346 (11 laps)
6. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 44.811 + 1.412 (7 laps)
7. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1m 45.066 + 1.667 (11 laps)
8. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1m 45.135 + 1.736 (11 laps)
9. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m 45.281 + 1.882 (11 laps)
10. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 45.354 + 1.955 (11 laps)
11. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1m 45.601 + 2.202 (12 laps)
12. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 45.744 + 2.345 (13 laps)
13. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 45.770 + 2.371 (12 laps)
14. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 45.864 + 2.465 (10 laps)
15. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 45.888 + 2.489 (13 laps)
16. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m 45.932 + 2.533 (10 laps)
17. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 46.034 + 2.635 (12 laps)
18. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 46.202 + 2.803 (12 laps)
19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 46.420 + 3.021 (3 laps)
20. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 46.493 + 3.094 (11 laps)
21. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 46.641 + 3.242 (12 laps)
22. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1m 46.991 + 3.592 (8 laps)
23. Davide Valsecchi Team Air Asia 1m 47.015 + 3.616 (11 laps)
24. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 47.269 + 3.870 (12 laps)
25. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 47.608 + 4.209 (10 laps)
26. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 49.251 + 5.852 (2 laps)



Related Pictures

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Christian Vietoris, Racing Engineering [pic credit: Racing Engineering]
The GP2 Series class of 2012 before the first race of the season at Sepang, Malaysia. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the Singapore sprint race. Action. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium with Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering).(World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) during the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore, with Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) being dropped off in the background. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his victory in the Saturday feature race 1 at Marina Bay in Singapore on the podium with Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) and Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) in trouble in the Rettifilo at the start of the Monza feature race. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory in the Hungary sprint race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Hungary sprint race with Nathanael Berthon ( FRA, Racing Engineering) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory as he crosses the line at the end of the Hungary sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory in the Hungary sprint race on the podium. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates second place in the Hockenheim sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) celebrates his Hockenheim sprint race win on the podium with Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) and Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) watches the rain in pit lane at Hockenheim. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) in Hockenheim. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)

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