Miki Monras made the perfect preparation for the second round of the FIA Formula Two Championship at Magny-Cours this weekend by posting the quickest time in the pre-event test session at the French circuit.
The 19-year-old Spaniard sits second in the drivers' standings after winning the second race at the opening weekend at Silverstone, his debut in the series.
He posted the quickest time in the first of the day's four sessions, taking advantage of cooler temperatures in the morning. His benchmark would remain unbeaten for the remainder of the day.
“Today went really well and because we were able to set such a good time in the first session, we were able to save putting on fresh tyres in the final stint,” said Monras. “The cooler track temperatures in the morning helped us post quick times together with the fact that I have raced here before in Formula Renault 2.0.”
Christopher Zanella recorded the second fastest time of the day, just five thousandths of a second off Monras' time. Benjamin Lariche was third quickest around his home track, with Mihai Marinescu fourth and Alex Brundle fifth.
Ramon Pineiro was sixth, ahead of Johannes Theobald and Jack Clarke. Will Bratt was ninth, with Tobias Hegewald. F2 newcomer Jon Lancaster was 11th quickest, two places ahead of standings leader Mirko Bortolotti.