Romain Grosjean kicked off the GP2 action at the Hungaroring by topping free practice. The championship leader set his session-topping time surprisingly early. Initially he enjoyed a gap of half a second over his closest pursuers, with Christian Vietoris and Giedo van der Garde leading the chase.
Both drivers improved in the middle of the session, but all they could do was edge closer to the DAMS driver's time rather than surpass it. Van der Garde then had dramas in the pit lane in the closing minutes as he could not select first gear. Work by the Addax team enabled him to get on-track for an out lap at the end of the session.
On track there was little action at the front. Grosjean was unable to better his early effort, but he didn't need to as nobody in the top 10 went quicker in the second half of the session.
That left ART's Jules Bianchi fourth ahead of Vietoris' teammate Dani Clos, who made sure both Racing Engineering cars got into the top five. Adam Carroll, who only returned to GP2 last weekend at the Nurburgring, completed the top six for Super Nova.