Arthur Pic quickest in both Formula Renault 3.5 Friday practice sessions at Aragon
|By Glenn Freeman||Friday, May 4th 2012, 14:32 GMT|
Arthur Pic led the way in Formula Renault 3.5 practice at Aragon on Friday, topping both sessions at the Spanish track.
The DAMS driver, who went quickest with a 1m40.744s lap in the morning session, came out on top during a late flurry of activity in the afternoon to better that effort by 0.6 seconds.
The second session did not go smoothly for the teams as they tried to gather data ahead of Saturday morning's first qualifying session. A short hailstorm at around the halfway mark led to everybody returning to the pits, and just as more cars were heading back out on track with around 20 minutes remaining, Lucas Foresti brought out the red flag.
Once everyone got back up to speed, it was only in the final four minutes that anyone started to improve on the times they had set before the weather had taken a turn for the worse. Richie Stanaway was heading the times for Lotus at that point, having improved after running second to Pic in the morning session.
While most drivers improved as they put together a sequence of laps for the first time since the early part of the session, Stanaway's time appeared set to survive as the chequered flag came out. But it was then narrowly beaten by Draco's Nico Muller, before Pic made a significant jump to leave his closest pursuers 0.3s adrift.
Robin Frijns (Fortec) managed to sneak between Muller and Stanaway with his final effort, just ahead of team-mate Carlos Huertas, who briefly held the second fastest time during the flurry of changes at the top.
GP2 convert Sam Bird made steady progress over his final short run to end up sixth for ISR, with Walter Grubmuller (P1) and Kevin Korjus (Tech 1) next up.
Practice one: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Arthur Pic DAMS 1m40.744s 2. Richie Stanaway Lotus 1m40.875s + 0.131s 3. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m40.912s + 0.168s 4. Robin Frijns Fortec 1m41.031s + 0.287s 5. Sam Bird ISR 1m41.072s + 0.328s 6. Carlos Huertas Fortec 1m41.157s + 0.413s 7. Nico Muller Draco 1m41.177s + 0.433s 8. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 1m41.256s + 0.512s 9. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m41.263s + 0.519s 10. Daniil Move P1 1m41.268s + 0.524s 11. Will Stevens Carlin 1m41.322s + 0.578s 12. Lewis Williamson Arden 1m41.484s + 0.740s 13. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m41.601s + 0.857s 14. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1m41.608s + 0.864s 15. Lucas Foresti DAMS 1m41.616s + 0.872s 16. Nick Yelloly Comtec 1m41.638s + 0.894s 17. Andre Negrao Draco 1m41.645s + 0.901s 18. Alexander Rossi Arden 1m41.806s + 1.062s 19. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec 1m41.894s + 1.150s 20. Mikhail Aleshin RFR 1m41.979s + 1.235s 21. Jake Rosenzweig ISR 1m42.124s + 1.380s 22. Anton Nebylitskiy RFR 1m42.238s + 1.494s 23. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m42.239s + 1.495s 24. Nikolay Martsenko BVM Target 1m42.324s + 1.580s 25. Giovanni Venturini BVM Target 1m42.657s + 1.913s 26. Yann Cunha Pons 1m42.671s + 1.927s Practice two: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Arthur Pic DAMS 1m40.136s 2. Nico Muller Draco 1m40.498s + 0.362s 3. Robin Frijns Fortec 1m40.509s + 0.373s 4. Richie Stanaway Lotus 1m40.522s + 0.386s 5. Carlos Huertas Fortec 1m40.582s + 0.446s 6. Sam Bird ISR 1m40.636s + 0.500s 7. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m40.745s + 0.609s 8. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m40.748s + 0.612s 9. Nick Yelloly Comtec 1m40.877s + 0.741s 10. Daniil Move P1 1m41.062s + 0.926s 11. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m41.086s + 0.950s 12. Anton Nebylitskiy RFR 1m41.128s + 0.992s 13. Alexander Rossi Arden 1m41.156s + 1.020s 14. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 1m41.183s + 1.047s 15. Will Stevens Carlin 1m41.247s + 1.111s 16. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1m41.258s + 1.122s 17. Lewis Williamson Arden 1m41.424s + 1.288s 18. Giovanni Venturini BVM Target 1m41.612s + 1.476s 19. Mikhail Aleshin RFR 1m41.629s + 1.493s 20. Nikolay Martsenko BVM Target 1m41.796s + 1.660s 21. Lucas Foresti DAMS 1m42.099s + 1.963s 22. Jake Rosenzweig ISR 1m42.192s + 2.056s 23. Andre Negrao Draco 1m42.357s + 2.221s 24. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec 1m42.618s + 2.482s 25. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m42.852s + 2.716s 26. Yann Cunha Pons 1m44.130s + 3.994s