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Nico Muller quickest on second day of rain-hit Barcelona test

Nico Muller set the pace in a rain-hit second day of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Draco driver set a best of 1m48.116s early in the morning session, and the conditions made it impossible for the field to beat him through the remainder of the day.

Kevin Magnussen, quickest on the opening day of testing, was second fastest in the Carlin car, less than two tenths of a second behind Muller. Marco Sorensen, Andre Negrao and Robin Frijns completed the top five - their best times all set in the morning.

Richie Stanaway set the pace in the afternoon, but his time was nearly two seconds slower than Muller's.

"The new treads are at their best when there's a lot of water on the track," said Muller. "They offer an amazing amount of grip in extreme conditions.

"We need to learn how to look after these tyres, though, because they get worn really quickly if you're not careful and then you're in whole lot of trouble. We've still got a lot of work to do in the dry, but having the chance to work on a wet track has given us some useful preparation for the season ahead."

The FR3.5 teams will return to testing action at Motorland Aragon on April 18-19.

Wednesday times:

Pos  Driver              Team                         Time     
 1.  Nico Muller         International Draco Racing   1m48.116s
 2.  Kevin Magnussen     Carlin                       1m48.246s  + 0.130
 3.  Marco Sorensen      Lotus                        1m48.337s  + 0.221
 4.  Andre Negrao        International Draco Racing   1m48.613s  + 0.497
 5.  Robin Frijns        Fortec Motorsports           1m49.186s  + 1.070
 6.  Vittorio Ghirelli   Comtec Racing                1m49.222s  + 1.106
 7.  Richie Stanaway     Lotus                        1m49.280s  + 1.164
 8.  Jake Rosenzweig     Isr                          1m49.388s  + 1.272
 9.  Sam Bird            Isr                          1m49.411s  + 1.295
10.  Alexander Rossi     Arden Caterham               1m49.530s  + 1.414
11.  Giovanni Venturini  Bvm Target                   1m49.552s  + 1.436
12.  Nick Yelloly        Comtec Racing                1m49.589s  + 1.473
13.  Jules Bianchi       Tech 1 Racing                1m49.720s  + 1.604
14.  Nicolay Martsenko   Bvm Target                   1m49.835s  + 1.719
15.  Kevin Korjus        Tech 1 Racing                1m50.024s  + 1.908
16.  Carlos Huertas      Fortec Motorsports           1m50.077s  + 1.961
17.  Arthur Pic          Dams                         1m50.130s  + 2.014
18.  Will Stevens        Carlin                       1m50.158s  + 2.042
19.  Mikhail Aleshin     Team Rfr                     1m50.185s  + 2.069
20.  Daniil Move         P1 Motorsport                1m50.666s  + 2.550
21.  Lewis Williamson    Arden Caterham               1m50.900s  + 2.784
22.  Anton Nebylitskiy   Team Rfr                     1m50.943s  + 2.827
23.  Walter Grubmüller   P1 Motorsport                1m50.953s  + 2.837
24.  Zoel Amberg         Pons Racing                  1m51.117s  + 3.001
25.  Lucas Foresti       Dams                         1m51.122s  + 3.006
26.  Yann Cunha          Pons Racing                  1m52.296s  + 4.180
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