The race to join the 2012 Formula One grid has well and truly begun, with testing for this year’s GP2 championship getting underway at a distinctly soggy Silverstone yesterday. Former Renault driver and pre-season title favourite Romain Grosjean set the pace, lapping the Northamptonshire circuit nearly half a second faster than Arden’s Josef Kral. The Franco-Swiss racer has already claimed the GP2 Asia title, and now looks primed for an assault on the main series.

Octane Photos have been at Silverstone capturing the young hopefuls in action, providing us with the great gallery below. There’s  more coming from today’s running – which was mercifully dry – very soon on Badger.