Renault Sport Academy member Louis Deletraz was quickest in the opening Collective Test of the Formula V8 3.5 era as the 2016 season got underway at Motorland Aragon on Friday.
The Swiss driver, racing for Fortec Motorsports having stepped up into the series on the back of a winning campaign in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, was the only driver to set a time beneath 1m41s during the fifty-minute session, setting the pace with a 1m40.874s.
Frenchman Tom Dillmann was closest to Deletraz’s time, with the AVF driver 0.234s back in second, with SMP Racing-backed Russian Egor Orudzhev a further 0.057s back in third for Arden Motorsport.
Pietro Fittipaldi made it two Fortec drivers inside the top four, but was over half a second down on his team-mate’s time, while Aurélien Panis completed the top five in the second Arden.
Matevos Isaakyan, a last minute replacement at SMP Racing for the injured Vladimir Atoev, was sixth fastest, ahead of the last driver to be confirmed for the season, Beitske Visser, for Teo Martin Motorsport.
Rene Binder of Lotus, Yu Kanamaru of Teo Martin Motorsport and Alfonso Celis Jr of AVF completed the top ten.
The weekend continues with the second collective test session later on Friday, before the opening qualifying session and race coming on Saturday.
Motorland Aragon Collective Test 1 Times
|1||1||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Fortec Motorsports||1m40.874s|
|3||7||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Arden Motorsport||1m41.165s|
|4||2||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||1m41.465s|
|5||8||Aurelien Panis||FRA||Arden Motorsport||1m41.507s|
|6||26||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||SMP Racing||1m41.510s|
|7||6||Beitske Visser||NED||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m41.580s|
|9||25||Yu Kanamaru||JAP||Teo Martin Motorsport||1m42.008s|
|10||15||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||AVF||1m42.126s|
|11||23||Matthieu Vaxiviere||FRA||SMP Racing||1m42.134s|
|12||22||Vitor Baptista||BRZ||RP Motorsport||1m42.266s|
|14||21||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||RP Motorsport||1m42.905s|
|15||20||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Durango Racing Team||1m46.520s|