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FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 NEWS 

Sergey Sirotkin tops Monza Formula Renault 3.5 test

Sirotkin tops Monza FR3.5 testSergey Sirotkin topped the additional Formula Renault 3.5 test session at Monza on Thursday afternoon ahead of this weekend's season opener.

The Russian driver moved to the top of the times just as rain started to fall at the far end of the circuit, affecting the Lesmo corners in particular.

The ISR driver's lap edged him ahead of Arthur Pic, who had gone fastest for new team AV Formula just before that.

The 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 grid guide

Will Stevens had enjoyed a spell at the top of the times before Sirotkin and Pic got their laps in as the first drops of rain fell, and the Briton ended the day third fastest for P1 Motorsport.

Stevens ended up a few tenths of a second shy of the top two, but he was at the head of a very closely bunched group, just edging out pre-season favourite Antonio Felix da Costa and reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion Stoffel Vandoorne.

Thursday's session was the first of two additional tests being given to teams this season as a result of the cancelled day of running at Aragon in February due to snow.

The teams will get another three-hour session on the eve of the second round of the series at the track where the original test took place.

Pos  Driver                  Team            Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Sergey Sirotkin         ISR             1m33.817s            39
 2.  Arthur Pic              AV              1m33.832s  + 0.015s  39
 3.  Will Stevens            P1              1m34.548s  + 0.731s  38
 4.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Arden Caterham  1m34.565s  + 0.748s  39
 5.  Stoffel Vandoorne       Fortec          1m34.579s  + 0.762s  49
 6.  Marco Sorensen          Lotus           1m34.617s  + 0.800s  48
 7.  Oliver Webb             Fortec          1m34.692s  + 0.875s  43
 8.  Kevin Magnussen         DAMS            1m34.708s  + 0.891s  40
 9.  Lucas Foresti           Comtec          1m34.955s  + 1.138s  43
10.  Marlon Stockinger       Lotus           1m35.059s  + 1.242s  52
11.  Christopher Zanella     ISR             1m35.117s  + 1.300s  37
12.  Carlos Huertas          Carlin          1m35.153s  + 1.336s  39
13.  Matias Laine            P1              1m35.157s  + 1.340s  29
14.  Daniil Move             Comtec          1m35.180s  + 1.363s  41
15.  Nigel Melker            Tech 1          1m35.294s  + 1.477s  32
16.  Nico Muller             Draco           1m35.307s  + 1.490s  47
17.  Pietro Fantin           Arden Caterham  1m35.351s  + 1.534s  38
18.  Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin          1m35.411s  + 1.594s  48
19.  Andre Negrao            Draco           1m35.433s  + 1.616s  38
20.  Yann Cunha              AV              1m35.454s  + 1.637s  45
21.  Mihai Marinescu         Zeta            1m35.496s  + 1.679s  41
22.  Mikhail Aleshin         Tech 1          1m35.535s  + 1.718s  45
23.  Norman Nato             DAMS            1m35.819s  + 2.002s  38
24.  Zoel Amberg             Pons            1m36.051s  + 2.234s  42
25.  Nikolay Martsenko       Pons            1m36.305s  + 2.488s  34
26.  Emmanuel Piget          Zeta            1m36.492s  + 2.675s  39
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