Fantin tops disrupted opening Silverstone test

International Draco Racing’s Pietro Fantin was fastest in the opening Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test session at Silverstone on Friday morning in a session twice interrupted by red flags.

The Brazilian driver set a time of 1m43.056s to set the pace, and was 0.488s quicker than championship contender Matthieu Vaxiviere of the Charouz-run Lotus team.

Nyck de Vries ended the session in third for DAMS, with the McLaren Junior driver just ahead of Tio Ellinas of Strakka Racing, who caused one of the red flag periods when he stopped in sector two.

Dean Stoneman was fifth in the second DAMS entry ahead of current championship leader Oliver Rowland in the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Fortec Motorsports entry, with the Briton 0.002s faster than Arden Motorsport’s Egor Orudzhev.

Roy Nissany and Aurélien Panis were eighth and ninth respectively for Tech 1 Racing, while Beitske Visser completed the top ten for AVF.

The other red flag was caused by Jazeman Jaafar, who stopped on track at turn seven early in the session in his Fortec Motorsports entry.

Will Bratt, racing this weekend for Pons Racing in the seat of Roberto Merhi who is racing in Formula 1 in Italy, was more than eight seconds off the pace in his first single seater session since 2011 in nineteenth, ahead of only Nick Yelloly, who failed to complete a timed lap during the session for Lotus.

Silverstone Collective Test Morning Session Times

119Pietro FantinBRZInternational Draco Racing1m43.056s
29Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m43.544s
31Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m43.657s
411Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m43.740s
52Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m43.961s
64Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m44.026s
76Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m44.028s
817Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m44.141s
918Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m44.550s
1016Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m44.627s
1125Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m44.762s
1226Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m44.793s
135Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m44.809s
1415Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m45.218s
1520Bruno BonifacioBRZInternational Draco Racing1m45.511s
1612Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m45.632s
1739Philo Paz Patric ArmandINOPons Racing1m46.705s
183Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m50.575s
1940Will BrattGBRPons Racing1m51.632s
2010Nick YellolyGBRLotusNo Time