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Formula Renault 3.5

Kevin Magnussen Masterful In First Collective Test

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Formula Renault 3.5 at Barcelona (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Formula Renault 3.5 at Barcelona (Photo Credit: Renault Sport)

Kevin Magnussen was quickest in the first collective test in Catalunya on Tuesday.

GP3 Champion and 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup winner Valtteri Bottas set the pace in the morning for Tech 1 Racing but it was Magnussen, driving in Robert Wickens' championship-winning car for Carlin, who set the quickest time of the day in the afternoon.

The Dane, who finished second for Carlin in the British Formula 3 Championship this year, set a time of 1:33.598secs to top the timesheets in the final minutes of the session.

Magnussen said: “I took part in Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing with Pons Racing in 2009 and 2010, and it was good to do these tests with Carlin, my F3 team, here today. I know the way they work and I feel right at home. I'd love to carry on with them in 2012 and in this event.”

His late flourish demoted Bottas to second but his lap time, just 0.299secs down on Magnussen was enough for him to maintain second place.

He said: “We put new tyres on pretty early in the first session, and it was the right time because the air temperature went up quickly. Then during the second session, as it was very hot, we did an installation lap with a pit stop.

“We don't know where we're going to be driving next season, though Formula Renault 3.5 Series is one of the options we're looking into at the moment.”

Walter Grubmuller finished the session in third for P1 Motorsport, heading the two Comtec cars with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs outpacing Lucas Foresti.

Quaife-Hobbs, who won in GP2 last season, said: “I felt at ease when I drove a Formula Renault 3.5 car last year and I got my bearings straightaway today. It's a single-seater that really suits my driving style.

“I'm going to do some testing with another team at Motorland Aragon, and before that I've also got the Abu Dhabi F1 rookie test with Marussia Virgin Racing. I can't wait to try out the new car. It all depends on the budget, but Formula Renault 3.5 Series is one of the priorities for next season.”

Nick Yelloly maintained his impressive form in Barcelona and was sixth fastest for ISR, just ahead of Estonian Kevin Korjus who tangled with the British driver in the Series finale on Saturday.

Yelloly was the sole ISR runner as Nathanael Berthon's car was too badly damaged following his shunt after colliding with Wickens in Race Two on Sunday.


Pos Driver Team Time Gap
 1.  Kevin Magnussen      Carlin           1m33.598s
 2.  Valtteri Bottas      Tech 1           1m33.897s  + 0.299s
 3.  Walter Grubmueller   P1               1m33.908s  + 0.310s
 4.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Comtec           1m34.071s  + 0.473s
 5.  Lucas Foresti        Comtec           1m34.107s  + 0.509s
 6.  Nick Yelloly         ISR              1m34.128s  + 0.530s
 7.  Kevin Korjus         Tech 1           1m34.147s  + 0.549s
 8.  Rio Haryanto         Epic             1m34.195s  + 0.597s
 9.  Daniel de Jong       Draco            1m34.260s  + 0.662s
10.  Marco Sorensen       Gravity-Charouz  1m34.310s  + 0.712s
11.  Nico Muller          Epic             1m34.498s  + 0.900s
12.  Daniel Abt           Pons             1m34.632s  + 1.034s
13.  Arthur Pic           P1               1m34.654s  + 1.056s
14.  Vittorio Ghirelli    BVM Target       1m34.752s  + 1.154s
15.  Jazeman Jaafar       Carlin           1m34.828s  + 1.230s
16.  Zoel Amberg          Pons             1m34.921s  + 1.323s
17.  Will Stevens         Fortec           1m35.081s  + 1.483s
18.  Anton Nebylitskiy    KMP              1m35.228s  + 1.630s
19.  Carlos Huertas       Fortec           1m35.329s  + 1.731s
20.  Andrea Roda          Draco            1m35.571s  + 1.973s
21.  Nikola Martsenko     BVM Target       1m35.686s  + 2.088s
22.  Benjamin Lariche     KMP              1m35.956s  + 2.358s
23.  Yann Cunha           Gravity-Charouz  1m36.340s  + 2.742s
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