Robert Wickens (Photo Credit: World Series by Renault/ Frederic le Floc'h-DPPI)

Robert Wickens (Photo Credit: World Series by Renault/ Frederic le Floc'h-DPPI)

Carlin maintained their superiority over the rest of the field by taking control of the second free practice session of the day at Paul Ricard, with championship leader Robert Wickens heading the field.

Wickens was the first man of the weekend to dip into the 1m 51secs and it was enough to secure him top spot in the session ahead of team mate JeanEric Vergne by 0.105 seconds.

It appears that neither driver is feeling the pressure as the battle for the drivers championship goes down to the wire.

Vergne said: “We worked hard and we did well on both worn and fresh tyres. This is a special weekend for me because I'm in demand with the media and the like. I need to focus 100 per cent on my race, though, because I have to score maximum points.”

Cesar Ramos was third for Fortec Motorsport, just 0.022 seconds ahead of GravityCharouz driver Brendon Hartley.

Albert Costa continued his impressive showing at Paul Ricard thus far by ending the session fifth after he was third fastest in the morning’s session.

Daniel Ricciardo, who had chosen to run on used rubber this morning, improved massively to end the session sixth after he was 17th in Practice One.

Alexander Rossi, fourth in the standings, was seventh while British driver Nick Yelloly, in only his third FR 3.5 meeting, was eighth.

Yelloly said: “My season in GP3 Series is over, and after my experience at Silverstone I really want to drive again in Formula Renault 3.5 Series. We came up with a solution at the start of the week and we're also working towards being at the final race in Barcelona. This is the first time I've driven with this layout, and I need to get used to it.”

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
 1.  Robert Wickens     Carlin           1m51.907s
 2.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Carlin           1m52.012s  + 0.105s
 3.  Cesar Ramos        Fortec           1m52.276s  + 0.369s
 4.  Brendon Hartley    Gravity-Charouz  1m52.298s  + 0.391s
 5.  Albert Costa       Epic             1m52.321s  + 0.414s
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   ISR              1m52.430s  + 0.523s
 7.  Alexander Rossi    Fortec           1m52.497s  + 0.590s
 8.  Nick Yelloly       Pons             1m52.587s  + 0.680s
 9.  Daniil Move        P1               1m52.651s  + 0.744s
10.  Jan Charouz        Gravity-Charouz  1m52.652s  + 0.745s
11.  Oliver Webb        Pons             1m52.675s  + 0.768s
12.  Daniel Zampieri    BVM Target       1m52.695s  + 0.788s
13.  Stephane Richelmi  Draco            1m52.706s  + 0.799s
14.  Kevin Korjus       Tech 1           1m52.730s  + 0.823s
15.  Sergio Canamasas   BVM Target       1m52.897s  + 0.990s
16.  Jake Rosenzweig    Mofaz            1m52.922s  + 1.015s
17.  Sten Pentus        Epic             1m52.930s  + 1.023s
18.  Nathanael Berthon  ISR              1m53.021s  + 1.114s
19.  Nelson Panciatici  KMP              1m53.131s  + 1.224s
20.  Anton Nebylitskiy  KMP              1m53.139s  + 1.232s
21.  Walter Grubmuller  P1               1m53.406s  + 1.499s
22.  Andre Negrao       Draco            1m53.546s  + 1.639s
23.  Daniel McKenzie    Comtec           1m53.646s  + 1.739s
24.  Arthur Pic         Tech 1           1m53.888s  + 1.981s
25.  Daniel de Jong     Comtec           1m53.952s  + 2.045s
26.  Fairuz Fauzy       Mofaz            1m53.999s  + 2.092s