Aragon FR3.5 test: Red Bull protege Carlos Sainz Jr tops day two
|Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 17:04 GMT|
Carlos Sainz Jr set the pace on day two of the Aragon Formula Renault 3.5 test at Aragon.
The Spaniard was quickest in both sessions for DAMS, heading fellow Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly's Arden car by half a second in the morning, when Formula Renault 2.0 graduate Gasly felt he had been stymied by traffic.
Sainz's morning best of 1m38.340s was the day's benchmark and set a new circuit record for FR3.5.
Gasly fell to third in the second session as Sauber Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin took second for Fortec, 0.2s down on Sainz.
Pietro Fantin, Will Buller and Will Stevens filled the rest of the top six on combined times.
Tuesday pacesetter Oliver Rowland was only 19th this time in the second Fortec car.
GP2 race-winner Tom Dillmann joined the test for day two, taking over from Daniil Move at Pons and going 17th quickest.
Dillmann had been expecting to continue in GP2 with Russian Time before the team's reorganisation in the wake of founder Igor Mazepa's death.
Although he tested with ISR last winter, Dillmann has yet to race in FR3.5. He will stay in the car for Thursday.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Carlos Sainz Jr DAMS 1m38.340s 2. Sergey Sirotkin Fortec 1m38.798s +0.458s 3. Pierre Gasly Arden 1m38.828s +0.488s 4. Pietro Fantin Draco 1m38.864s +0.524s 5. Will Buller Arden 1m38.994s +0.654s 6. Will Stevens Strakka 1m39.030s +0.690s 7. Nigel Melker Tech 1 1m39.144s +0.804s 8. Norman Nato DAMS 1m39.161s +0.821s 9. Jazeman Jaafar ISR 1m39.205s +0.865s 10. Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m39.219s +0.879s 11. Luca Ghiotto Draco 1m39.249s +0.909s 12. Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m39.334s +0.994s 13. Matias Laine Strakka 1m39.341s +1.001s 14. Zoel Amberg AVF 1m39.359s +1.019s 15. Marco Sorensen Tech 1 1m39.467s +1.127s 16. Nikolay Martsenko Comtec 1m39.488s +1.148s 17. Tom Dillmann Pons 1m39.499s +1.159s 18. Meindert van Buuren Pons 1m40.051s +1.711s 19. Oliver Rowland Fortec 1m40.451s +2.111s 20. Roberto Merhi Zeta 1m40.498s +2.158s 21. Roman Mavlanov Zeta 1m40.596s +2.256s 22. Beitske Visser AVF 1m40.813s +2.473s 23. Liam Venter Comtec 1m41.187s +2.847s