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Spa-Francorchamps - Practice times

Romain Grosjean took his traditional top spot in Friday morning GP2 practice, in a session that was affected by a damp track and the return of rain showers to the region.
Friday morning practice saw the cars struggling with a damp track and changeable conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, which claimed an early casualty when Jolyon Palmer lost his Arden into the wall on his first run almost immediately after exiting pit lane at La Source to bring out brief red flag.

The remaining cars did then get a chance to put in one set of fast laps, with most drivers improving their times on their second or even third runs as the track dried a little and the tyres heated up. Grosjean's time of 2:00.634s set 12 minutes into the session - despite having to deal with Luca Filippi along the way - proved unbeatable. Giedo van der Garde's 2:01.438s was initially good enough for second but he then spun on a damp kerb going into turn 12 and wasted his next lap, leaving his time to be bested by later runs from Michael Herck and Marcus Ericsson.

With intermittent rain affecting the rest of the 30-minute session, the cars returned to pit lane to debate tyre selection, staying put until the final six minutes when they came out for one final run. Many drivers - including van der Garde, Pal Varhaug and Ocean Racing's new boy Brendon Hartley - tried out the wet tyres while Jules Bianchi gamely stuck with slicks, but no one improved their times further and there were a few harmless spins in the increasingly treacherous conditions.

Practice times

1. #11 Romain Grosjean DAMS 2:00.634s (7 laps)
2. #18 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 2:01.413s + 0.779s (8 laps)
3. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 2:01.414s + 0.780s (8 laps)
4. #4 Giedo van Der Garde Barwa Addax Team 2:01.438s + 0.804s (7 laps)
5. #3 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 2:01.467s + 0.833s (6 laps)
6. #26 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 2:01.523s + 0.889s (8 laps)
7. #24 Max Chilton Carlin 2:01.650s + 1.016s (7 laps)
8. #8 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 2:01.741s + 1.107s (8 laps)
9. #5 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 2:01.852s + 1.218s (8 laps)
10. #7 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 2:01.950s + 1.316s (9 laps)
11. #25 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 2:02.049s + 1.415s (7 laps)
12. #9 Sam Bird iSport International 2:02.160s + 1.526s (9 laps)
13. #21 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 2:02.169s + 1.535s (5 laps)
14. #2 Julian Leal Rapax 2:02.180s + 1.546s (8 laps)
15. #20 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 2:02.702s + 2.068s (7 laps)
16. #23 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 2:02.885s + 2.251s (5 laps)
17. #14 Josef Kral Arden International 2:03.135s + 2.501s (7 laps)
18. #27 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 2:03.403s + 2.769s (8 laps)
19. #16 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 2:03.640s + 3.006s (6 laps)
20. #19 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 2:03.686s + 3.052s (8 laps)
21. #6 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 2:03.934s + 3.300s (7 laps)
22. #1 Fabio Leimer Rapax 2:04.892s + 4.258s (8 laps)
23. #12 Pal Varhaug DAMS 2:05.827s + 5.193s (8 laps)
24. #22 Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 2:05.875s + 5.241s (7 laps)
25. #17 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 2:09.175s + 8.541s (6 laps)
26. #15 Jolyon Palmer Arden International No time



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2011 GP2 Series. Round 1. Istanbul Park, Istanbul Turkey. 6th May. Friday. Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams). Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Cars line up on the grid for the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering), Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win in parc ferme. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), celebrates on the podium with Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and 4. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) leads Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) celebrates on the podium with Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) crashes into a wall. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) crosses the line to take the win. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Race One Press Conference. Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. The Safety car is deployed Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Thursday 20 August 2015. Daniel de Jong (NED, MP Motorsport). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

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