Palmer fastest in Monza practice

Palmer fastest in Monza practice

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Palmer fastest in Monza practice

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Jolyon Palmer set the quickest time in free practice for round nine of the GP2 Series at Monza.

Carlin driver Palmer lapped the Italian GP venue in 1m32.120s, just three thousandths of a second faster than Racing Engineering’s Fabio Leimer. Palmer was fastest in the first and third sectors, with Leimer gaining his time in the second.

Leimer’s fellow title contender Sam Bird was third quickest for Russian Time. Stephane Richelmi was a late improver, up to fourth for DAMS, as teammate Marcus Ericsson was only ninth and forced to pull off at Rettifilo near the end of the session.

Bird’s team-mate Tom Dillmann was fifth fastest, ahead of points leader Stefano Coletti, whose session was ruined when he ran into the back of Johnny Cecotto Jr. at the exit of Rettifilo, breaking his front wing, an incident that has been referred to the stewards.

The session was previously interrupted after five minutes when Cecotto ran into the gravel at Parabolica and he spun across the track as he tried to rejoin, stranding him sideways in the middle of track and causing a red flag.

Of the other title contenders, Felipe Nasr was only 15th, but aborted a couple of quicker laps. James Calado, fresh from FP1 running with Force India, set the early pace but ended the session 11th.

Other incidents included Sergio Canamasas spinning off at Ascari, Rene Binder’s engine cover coming off, and Jon Lancaster, returning in place of Robin Frijns at Hilmer, going off briefly at Lesmo 2.

Series debutant Sergio Campana, who replaces Ricardo Teixeira at Trident, was slowest, 2.3sec off the pace.

Pos Driver                 Team                  Time      Gap     Laps 1. Jolyon Palmer          Carlin                1m32.120s   	    12 2. Fabio Leimer           Racing Engineering    1m32.123s  +0.003  11 3. Sam Bird               Russian Time          1m32.351s  +0.231  11 4. Stefano Richelmi       DAMS                  1m32.501s  +0.381  13 5. Tom Dillmann           Russian Time          1m32.502s  +0.382  10 6. Stefano Coletti        Rapax                 1m32.532s  +0.412  12 7. Julian Leal            Racing Engineering    1m32.586s  +0.466  11 8. Simon Trummer          Rapax                 1m32.634s  +0.514  13 9. Marcus Ericsson        DAMS                  1m32.711s  +0.591  1210. Alexander Rossi        Caterham              1m32.743s  +0.623  1211. James Calado           ART                   1m32.863s  +0.743  1312. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs    Hilmer                1m32.877s  +0.757  1313. Mitch Evans            Arden                 1m32.951s  +0.831  1214. Dani Clos              MP Motorsport         1m32.966s  +0.846  1115. Felipe Nasr            Carlin                1m33.029s  +0.909  1216. Jake Rosenzweig        Addax                 1m33.045s  +0.925  1117. Jon Lancaster          Hilmer                1m33.067s  +0.947  1218. Daniel Abt             ART                   1m33.092s  +0.972  1319. Rio Haryanto           Addax                 1m33.172s  +1.052  1020. Nathanael Berthon      Trident               1m33.174s  +1.054  1321. Sergio Canamasas       Caterham              1m33.369s  +1.249  1122. Johnny Cecotto Jr.     Arden                 1m33.389s  +1.269  1123. Daniel de Jong         MP Motorsport         1m33.447s  +1.327  1224. Vittorio Ghirelli      Lazarus               1m33.465s  +1.345  1325. Rene Binder            Lazarus               1m33.943s  +1.823  1226. Sergio Campana         Trident               1m34.448s  +2.328  12

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