Alexander Albon on top on day 1 in Aragon


Thai driver Alexander Albon set the fastest time for Lotus on the opening day of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series test at the Aragon circuit in Spain.

The McLaren BRDC Award finalist set his best time of the day of 1:41.629s in the morning session to pip Swede Gustav Malja of Zeta Corse by 0.096s who set his personal best time in the afternoon.

Zeta Corse were back in action with Malja and Louis Deletraz after missing the post-Jerez test, but ISR Racing are absent from proceedings this week after only running one car during the whole of the 2014 season.

Nicholas Latifi was third for Arden Motorsport ahead of part-time 2014 GP2 racer Tio Ellinas, who was testing with the Silverstone-based Strakka Racing team for the first time. Ellinas’ best time was only 0.001s faster than Pietro Fantin, who continues to test with the International Draco Racing team with the Brazilian expected to remain with the team for a second season in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2015.

Egor Orudzhev was sixth fastest for Arden Motorsport despite only taking part in the opening session after the team gave Charles Leclerc the morning session, with the Monegasque driver finishing tenth fastest overall on the day.

Beitske Visser was seventh fastest for AVF ahead of Jazeman Jaafar, who ran the day driving for the 2014 Teams’ Champions DAMS, while the second Lotus of Frenchman Andrea Pizzitola was ninth ahead of Leclerc.

A number of the drivers had been invited to the test by Renault Sport as a result of their achievements during 2014, including Albon and Leclerc, including Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series Champion Nyck de Vries (DAMS), Formula Renault 2.0 NEC champion Ben Barnicoat (Fortec Motorsports) and EuroFormula Open champion Sandy Stuvik (Pons Racing).

Aragon Test Day 1 Times

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM Session 1 Session 2
1 Alexander Albon THA Lotus 1:41.629 1:41.792
2 Gustav Malja SWE Zeta Corse 1:43.081 1:41.725
3 Nicholas Latifi CAN Arden Motorsport 1:42.288 1:41.744
4 Tio Ellinas CYP Strakka Racing 1:42.274 1:41.826
5 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing 1:41.827 1:41.890
6 Egor Orudzhev RUS Arden Motorsport 1:41.878
7 Beitske Visser NED AVF 1:42.019 1:41.928
8 Jazeman Jaafar MAL DAMS 1:42.379 1:42.027
9 Andrea Pizzitola FRA Lotus 1:42.048 1:42.034
10 Charles Leclerc MON Arden Motorsport 1:42.046
11 Louis Deletraz SWI Zeta Corse 1:42.067 1:42.982
12 Jann Mardenborough GBR Tech 1 Racing 1:42.865 1:42.093
13 Dennis Olsen NOR Strakka Racing 1:42.128 1:42.147
14 Nyck de Vries NED DAMS 1:42.467 1:42.205
15 Matevos Isaakyan RUS AVF 1:42.442 1:42.697
16 Seb Morris GBR Fortec Motorsports 1:42.481 1:42.690
17 Bruno Bonifacio BRZ International Draco Racing 1:43.012 1:42.547
18 Sandy Stuvik THA Pons Racing 1:42.556 1:42.903
19 Ben Barnicoat GBR Fortec Motorsports 1:42.689 1:42.982
20 Indy Dontje NED Comtec Racing 1:43.324 1:43.031
21 Luis Sa Silva MAC Pons Racing 1:43.796 1:43.380
22 Guillaume Cunnington FRA Tech 1 Racing 1:51.744