Vaxiviere beats Dillmann in Hungaroring collective tests

Matthieu Vaxiviere was fastest in both collective test sessions at the Hungaroring as the Formula Renault 3.5 Series weekend in Hungary got underway.

The Lotus driver set a best time of 1m29.514s in the afternoon session to set the outright pace of the day, but it was a close run thing, with the Frenchman just 0.023s faster than Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Tom Dillmann and 0.028s faster than Fortec MotorsportsOliver Rowland.

Jazeman Jaafar ended fourth fastest in the second Fortec machine despite missing the first session due to gearshift and then clutch problems, while Tio Ellinas completed the top five for Strakka Racing.

Egor Orudzhev was sixth fastest for Arden Motorsport ahead of Alexander Albon, who was deputising in the second Lotus in place of regular driver Meindert van Buuren. Van Buuren will return to the car when qualifying for race one gets underway on Saturday.

DAMS driver Nyck de Vries was eighth quickest on Friday, ahead of Sean Gelael of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, while Pietro Fantin completed the top ten for International Draco Racing.

Gelael was responsible for a red flag during the afternoon, when he stopped on track at the first corner.

This weekend is the first Formula Renault 3.5 Series round since the controversial Low Downforce set-up ruling was dropped after two outings. Drivers are now free to set-up their cars as they wish for both races.

Hungaroring Collective Tests Results (Combined)

19Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m31.232s1m29.514s
226Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m32.092s1m29.537s
34Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m31.815s1m29.542s
43Jazeman JaafarMALFortec MotorsportsNo Time1m29.701s
511Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m31.417s1m29.867s
66Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m33.205s1m30.249s
710Alexander AlbonTHALotus1m31.522s1m30.438s
81Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m31.870s1m30.467s
925Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m33.406s1m30.759s
1019Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m31.438s1m30.764s
112Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m32.315s1m30.868s
125Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m32.079s1m30.986s
1317Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m32.621s1m31.147s
1439Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing1m33.572s1m31.264s
1516Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m32.163s1m31.303s
1640Roberto MerhiESPPons Racing1m32.143s1m31.470s
1712Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m31.858s1m31.656s
1820Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m32.853s1m31.706s
1915Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m32.802s1m31.874s
2018Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m33.674s1m31.920s