ROMAIN GROSJEAN GRABS POLE AGAIN AND PETROV IS 2ND
BARWA ADDAX TEAM SET UP FOR ANOTHER EXHIBITION IN MONTECARLO.
The official practice session for the GP2 series 2009 took place this afternoon at the legendary Montecarlo circuit, in the Principality of Monaco. Once again the Spanish Barwa Addax Team produced spectacular results, with both drivers sitting on the front row of the starting grid. Romain Grosjean was the fastest in qualifying and for the second time, in only the second event, he has put his car on pole, well backed up by his team-mate Vitaly Petrov, who finished the session with the second best time.
Romain Grosjean, who had already dominated the free practice session in the morning having set the fastest time, is looking unstoppable even though the season has just started. After having picked up maximum points in the first race in Barcelona, with pole position, the fastest race lap time and race victory, Romain looks set to repeat his magnificent effort. We mustn't forget that in the second race, having started from 8th (the first eight positions of the 1st race are inverted at the start of the 2nd race) he finished in a magnificent second position. With this pole, he assures two more points for both himself and the team.
Vitaly Petrov wasn't completely overshadowed and set fast times in both the free practice in the morning and in the official qualifications in the afternoon, where he finished second just behind his team-mate. It looked for a moment that he might take the pole position away from his team-mate and was closing in on his fastest time, after a series of quick laps but he was affected by a slower driver just when he was producing his best time. Vitaly looks to be a serious candidate for tomorrow's victory.
Barwa Addax Team, owned by Alejandro Agag, has consolidated its lead in the overall team rankings with 28 points, 13 more than its closest rival.
Tomorrow the first race of this GP2 series event will start at 11.15 hrs and will be raced over a total of 45 laps, approximately 150 kms, and will include a compulsory pit stop to change at least two tyres.