Sainz Makes it Three-in-Three with Pole at Aragon


Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr continued his strong start to the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Season by claiming his third pole position out of three races at Motorland Aragon. The DAMS driver’s lap of 1:40.418s was enough to see him finish on top, with British rookie Oliver Rowland in second for Fortec Motorsport 0.018s adrift, while the top eighteen drivers were covered by less than a second.

Russian Nikolay Martsenko was third quickest in the sole Comtec Racing entry, ahead of Roberto Merhi in the leading Zeta Corse, while b was an impressive fifth for b. 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Pierre Gasly was the leading Arden Motorsport driver in sixth.

Marlon Stockinger was seventh for Lotus, the Phillipines driver qualifying just ahead of International Draco Racing’s Pietro Fantin, while Rowland’s Fortec team-mate Sergey Sirotkin was ninth, ahead of yesterday’s practice pace-setter Will Buller in the second Arden machine.

Race one winner of Monza and joint championship leader Will Stevens struggled and qualified fifteenth, and was outqualified by his Strakka Racing team-mate Matias Laine.

Aragon Race 1 Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS 1:40.418
2 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsport 1:40.436
3 Nikolay Martsenko RUS Comtec Racing 1:40.474
4 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse 1:40.581
5 Zoel Amberg SWI AVF 1:40.611
6 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport 1:40.624
7 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus 1:40.692
8 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing 1:40.702
9 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsport 1:40.709
10 Will Buller GBR Arden Motorsport 1:40.741
11 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR 1:40.823
12 Matias Laine FIN Strakka Racing 1:40.894
13 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus 1:41.193
14 Norman Nato BRZ DAMS 1:41.198
15 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing 1:41.201
16 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing 1:41.244
17 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing 1:41.277
18 Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 1:41.344
19 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse 1:41.648
20 Oliver Webb GBR Pons Racing 1:41.649
21 Beitske Visser NED AVF 1:42.240

 

Sainz made it three poles in a row at Aragon (Credit: Florent Gooden/DPPI)

Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr continued his strong start to the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Season by claiming his third pole position out of three races at Motorland Aragon. The DAMS driver’s lap of 1:40.418s was enough to see him finish on top, with British rookie Oliver Rowland in second for Fortec Motorsport 0.018s adrift, while the top eighteen drivers were covered by less than a second.

Russian Nikolay Martsenko was third quickest in the sole Comtec Racing entry, ahead of Roberto Merhi in the leading Zeta Corse, while b was an impressive fifth for b. 2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Pierre Gasly was the leading Arden Motorsport driver in sixth.

Marlon Stockinger was seventh for Lotus, the Phillipines driver qualifying just ahead of International Draco Racing’s Pietro Fantin, while Rowland’s Fortec team-mate Sergey Sirotkin was ninth, ahead of yesterday’s practice pace-setter Will Buller in the second Arden machine.

Race one winner of Monza and joint championship leader Will Stevens struggled and qualified fifteenth, and was outqualified by his Strakka Racing team-mate Matias Laine.

Aragon Race 1 Qualifying Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS 1:40.418
2 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsport 1:40.436
3 Nikolay Martsenko RUS Comtec Racing 1:40.474
4 Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse 1:40.581
5 Zoel Amberg SWI AVF 1:40.611
6 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport 1:40.624
7 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus 1:40.692
8 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing 1:40.702
9 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsport 1:40.709
10 Will Buller GBR Arden Motorsport 1:40.741
11 Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR 1:40.823
12 Matias Laine FIN Strakka Racing 1:40.894
13 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus 1:41.193
14 Norman Nato BRZ DAMS 1:41.198
15 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing 1:41.201
16 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing 1:41.244
17 Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing 1:41.277
18 Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 1:41.344
19 Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse 1:41.648
20 Oliver Webb GBR Pons Racing 1:41.649
21 Beitske Visser NED AVF 1:42.240