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Catalunya: Series practice report

Grosjean fastest in first session Barwa Campos 1-2 in free practice Romain Grosjean has opened the new season in style, leading his new team Barwa Campos to a 1-2 finish in free practice today in Barcelona, ahead of Vitaly Petrov and Edoardo...

Grosjean fastest in first session

Barwa Campos 1-2 in free practice

Romain Grosjean has opened the new season in style, leading his new team Barwa Campos to a 1-2 finish in free practice today in Barcelona, ahead of Vitaly Petrov and Edoardo Mortara.

The French driver set a best lap time of 1:27.638, six tenths faster than his teammate's equivalent, although Grosjean's session finished on a low when a mechanical gremlin halted his progress five minutes before the end of the session.

The reigning GP2 Asia champion Kamui Kobayashi had an even more torrid time after a similar problem stopped him on track in the opening minutes of the session, handing the Dams engineers some extra work ahead of this afternoon's qualifying session.

Most of their competitors kept their powder dry with conservative shakedowns: only Alberto Valerio, Luca Filippi and Luiz Razia fell off track, although they all managed to keep their cars off the wall.

Just outside of the top three were Lucas di Grassi, Pastor Maldonado, Roldan Rodriguez, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, all of whom will be chomping at the bit to take the top spot in just a few hours time.

-credit: gp2

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Series GP2
Drivers Lucas di Grassi , Pastor Maldonado , Kamui Kobayashi , Luca Filippi , Vitaly Petrov , Nico Hulkenberg , Romain Grosjean , Luiz Razia , Edoardo Mortara