Rene Binder fastest during Spa Collective Tests

Rene Binder used a new set of tyres to his advantage to set the pace during the collective test sessions at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday.

The Austrian took his Charouz-run Lotus to the top during the faster second session of the day at the Belgian track, with his lap time of 1m58.983s seeing him end 0.515s faster than Yu Kanamaru.

Kanamaru had set the earlier pace in the morning session, with the Teo Martin Motorsport driver setting a time of 1m59.991s, 0.032s faster than Hungaroring race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr of RP Motorsport, with Matthieu Vaxiviere third for SMP Racing.

Motorland Aragon race winner Louis Deletraz and team-mate Pietro Fittipaldi completed the top five during the morning session for Fortec Motorsport, with Beitske Visser sixth for Teo Martin Motorsport ahead of Matevos Isaakyan of SMP Racing and Roy Nissany of Lotus.

Alfonso Celis Jr, fresh off the back of his two-day test with the Sahara Force India team at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday and Wednesday, returned to his regular AVF Formula V8 3.5 drive, and set the ninth fastest time in the opening session, with Egor Orudzhev of Arden Motorsport completing the top ten.

Deletraz finished third behind Binder and Kanamaru in the afternoon session, with Tom Dillmann and Celis Jr fourth and fifth for AVF, with Orudzhev, Vaxiviere, Visser, Cecotto Jr and Isaakyan completing the top ten.

Spa-Francorchamps Collective Test 1 Times

125Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m59.991s
221Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport2m00.023s
323Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing2m00.092s
41Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports2m00.252s
52Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports2m00.635s
66Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport2m00.796s
726Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing2m01.039s
84Roy NissanyISRLotus2m01.078s
915Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF2m01.094s
107Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport2m01.110s
1122Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport2m01.111s
123Rene BinderAUTLotus2m01.191s
1316Tom DillmannFRAAVF2m02.400s
148Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport2m03.321s
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team2m07.025s

Spa-Francorchamps Collective Test 2 Times

13Rene BinderAUTLotus1m58.983s
225Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport1m59.498s
31Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports1m59.503s
416Tom DillmannFRAAVF1m59.520s
515Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m59.719s
67Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport2m00.032s
723Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing2m00.309s
86Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport2m00.341s
921Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport2m00.417s
1026Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP Racing2m00.471s
1122Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport2m00.538s
122Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports2m00.582s
134Roy NissanyISRLotus2m00.730s
148Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport2m00.846s
1520Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing Team2m04.478s