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FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 NEWS 

Robin Frijns maintains stellar form in final pre-season test

Robin Frijns, 2012Robin Frijns completed his stellar pre-season by topping the final day of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Aragon on Thursday.

The reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion has topped four of the six days of testing ahead of the 2012 season, which kicks off at Aragon on May 5-6.

Frijns set his best time in the morning session, after Richie Stanaway and Force India Formula 1 test driver Jules Bianchi had brief spells on top.

Teams spent part of the afternoon session concentrating on pitstop practice, and any chance of faster times being set by the leaders was effectively eliminated when a rain shower hit mid-afternoon.

That left Will Stevens, Arthur Pic and Sam Bird completing the top six, while GP3 race winner Nico Muller was seventh quickest overall and fastest in the afternoon running.

Bianchi, who was in action for Force India during free practice in last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, revealed that he will not join up with the Silverstone-based team in Bahrain this weekend so he can focus on preparing for his first season in the Renault-backed championship after two years in GP2.

"With Formula 1 and Formula Renault 3.5, I really need to take a lot of things into consideration and focus," he said. "I'm not going to Bahrain because I want to devote all my attention to the first World Series by Renault meeting.

"[In testing] we've had all the conditions we should come across this season. We've worked on the races, qualifying, pitstops, starts, in the dry and in the wet.

"I feel we're ready, all we need to do now is put it all into practice."

Drivers were also given a written test based on the rules of the championship at Aragon, to give series organisers an idea of which areas of the rulebook to focus on during drivers' briefings this season.

Pos  Driver                Team                       Time       
 1. Robin Frijns           Fortec Motorsports         1m39.105s          
 2. Richie Stanaway        Lotus                      1m39.259s  + 0.154s
 3. Jules Bianchi          Tech 1 Racing              1m39.406s  + 0.301s
 4. Will Stevens           Carlin                     1m39.422s  + 0.317s
 5. Arthur Pic             Dams                       1m39.422s  + 0.317s
 6. Sam Bird               Isr                        1m39.437s  + 0.332s
 7. Nico Müller            International Draco Racing 1m39.497s  + 0.392s
 8. Carlos Huertas         Fortec Motorsports         1m39.507s  + 0.402s
 9. Daniil Move            P1 Motorsport              1m39.733s  + 0.628s
10. Nick Yelloly           Comtec Racing              1m39.841s  + 0.736s
11. Kevin Magnussen        Carlin                     1m39.979s  + 0.874s
12. Walter Grubmüller      P1 Motorsport              1m39.983s  + 0.878s
13. Marco Sorensen         Lotus                      1m39.985s  + 0.880s
14. Kevin Korjus           Tech 1 Racing              1m40.009s  + 0.904s
15. Andre Negrao           International Draco Racing 1m40.092s  + 0.987s
16. Mikhail Aleshin        Team Rfr                   1m40.192s  + 1.087s
17. Vittorio Ghirelli      Comtec Racing              1m40.252s  + 1.147s
18. Zoel Amberg            Pons Racing                1m40.300s  + 1.195s
19. Alexander Rossi        Arden Caterham             1m40.315s  + 1.210s
20. Jake Rosenzweig        Isr                        1m40.421s  + 1.316s
21. Nicolay Martsenko      Bvm Target                 1m40.542s  + 1.437s
22. Andy Soucek            Pons Racing                1m40.621s  + 1.516s
23. Lucas Foresti          Dams                       1m40.932s  + 1.827s
24. Giovanni Venturini     Bvm Target                 1m40.948s  + 1.843s
25. Lewis Williamson       Arden Caterham             1m41.040s  + 1.935s
26. Yann Cunha             Pons Racing                1m41.814s  + 2.709s
27. Anton Nebylitskiy      Team Rfr                   1m42.011s  + 2.906s

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