Kevin Magnussen set the early pace in the FR 3.5 testing (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Kevin Magnussen set the early pace in the FR 3.5 testing (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Kevin Magnussen set the pace in intermittently wet conditions on the first day of the second Formula Renault 3.5 test of the season in Barcelona.

The Danish driver was quickest rain or shine, topping the timesheets on  the wet track before setting the fastest time of the day as the circuit dried.

Magnussen was also the only driver to finish inside the 1m30s mark in a masterful performance.

The Carlin driver said: “I couldn't manage to get the best out of the tyres in the wet because I lost performance after two or three laps.

“Things went really well in the dry, though, and we knew where we could gain time. It's just great to be first today.”

Lotus’s Marco Sorensen finished the day in second, setting an identical time to Fortec's Robin Frijns with a 1m30.166s.

Because his time was set later in the session, Frijns had to settle for third.

Sorensen said: “It's good to have two Danes up at the top, isn't it?

“It was interesting driving on a damp track this morning, though it was all too easy to make a mistake because the grip was changing all the time.

“The circuit dried out quickly in the afternoon and we put down three good laps straightaway, although the red flags prevented me from using my second and third set of new tyres.”

Kevin Korjus (Tech 1) was the only remaining driver to get within half a second of Magnussen, ending the day fourth fastest ahead of Nick Yelloly (Comtec), Richie Stanaway (Lotus) and Nico Muller (Draco).


Day One Times:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
 1.  Kevin Magnussen       Carlin                  1m29.952s
 2.  Marco Sorensen        Lotus                   1m30.166s   + 0.214s
 3.  Robin Frijns          Fortec Motorsports      1m30.166s   + 0.214s
 4.  Kevin Korjus          Tech 1 Racing           1m30.409s   + 0.457s
 5.  Nick Yelloly          Comtec Racing           1m30.498s   + 0.546s
 6.  Richie Stanaway       Lotus                   1m30.582s   + 0.630s
 7.  Nico Muller           International Draco     1m30.592s   + 0.640s
 8.  Sam Bird              Isr                     1m31.295s   + 1.343s
 9.  Andrè Negrao          International Draco     1m31.352s   + 1.400s
10.  Jules Bianchi         Tech 1 Racing           1m31.430s   + 1.478s
11.  Nicolay Martsenko     Bvm Target              1m31.472s   + 1.520s
12.  Jake Rosenzweig       Isr                     1m31.517s   + 1.565s
13.  Will Stevens          Carlin                  1m31.836s   + 1.884s
14.  Vittorio Ghirelli     Comtec Racing           1m32.012s   + 2.060s
15.  Giovanni Venturini    Bvm Target              1m32.018s   + 2.066s
16.  Alexander Rossi       Arden Caterham          1m32.454s   + 2.502s
17.  Daniil Move           P1 Motorsport           1m32.596s   + 2.644s
18.  Walter Grubmuller     P1 Motorsport           1m32.597s   + 2.645s
19.  Zoel Amberg           Pons Racing             1m32.610s   + 2.658s
20.  Arthur Pic            Dams                    1m33.169s   + 3.217s
21.  Anton Nebylitskiy     Team Rfr                1m33.604s   + 3.652s
22.  Lewis Williamson      Arden Caterham          1m33.738s   + 3.784s
23.  Yann Cunha            Pons Racing             1m33.970s   + 4.018s
24.  Mikhail Aleshin       Team Rfr                1m34.047s   + 4.095s
25.  Lucas Foresti         Dams                    1m38.670s   + 8.718s
26.  Carlos Huertas        Fortec Motorsports      1m56.132s  + 21.180s