Strakka Racing’s Will Stevens topped the first practice session ahead of Formula Renault 3.5’s second round at Motorland Aragon.
Stevens was the only driver to dip below 1:42s in the course of the 50-minute event.
Red Bull Junior Team duo Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly led most of the session up to the closing minutes, with Fortec’s Oliver Rowland taking over at the top with five to go.
However, he would not remain in the lead for long, as fellow Brit Will Buller slotted into the lead after three more minutes. Finally, it was yet another Briton Stevens who took charge, posting his benchmark with less than 20 seconds on the clock.
Gasly slotted into second under the flag, while Stevens managed to one-up his time, shaving off half a tenth and going beyond 1:42s.
Gasly’s Arden teammate Buller was close behind the Frenchman in third, ahead of Rowland and Sainz.
Matias Laine was sixth for Strakka, leading Lotus driver Marlon Stockinger and ISR’s Jazeman Jaafar. Another Lotus man Matthieu Vaxiviere was ninth, with Zoel Amberg rounding out the top ten.
|1||Will Stevens||Strakka Racing||1:41.970||11|
|2||Pierre Gasly||Arden Motorsport||1:42.284||0.314||7|
|3||William Buller||Arden Motorsport||1:42.292||0.322||8|
|4||Oliver Rowland||Fortec Motorsports||1:42.311||0.341||4|
|6||Matias Laine||Strakka Racing||1:42.591||0.621||12|
|11||Sergey Sirotkin||Fortec Motorsports||1:43.009||1.039||3|
|12||Marco Sorensen||Tech 1 Racing||1:43.038||1.068||9|
|14||Meindert van Buuren||Pons Racing||1:43.151||1.181||26|
|15||Roberto Merhi||Zeta Corse||1:43.218||1.248||22|
|16||Luca Ghiotto||International Draco Racing||1:43.245||1.275||6|
|17||Roman Mavlanov||Zeta Corse||1:43.501||1.531||21|
|18||Nikolay Martsenko||Comtec Racing||1:43.686||1.716||27|
|19||Oliver Webb||Pons Racing||1:43.751||1.781||25|
|21||Pietro Fantin||International Draco Racing||1:47.004||5.034||5|