Aleshin fastest in Magny-Cours test

Championship leader Mikhail Aleshin set the fastest time in a rain-interrupted Formula Renault 3.5 collective test at Magny-Cours on Friday

Aleshin fastest in Magny-Cours test

The Carlin man's closest title rival Daniel Ricciardo led the way in the morning's wet conditions, but the Australian slipped to third after dry running in the second session.

Draco's French rookie Nathanael Berthon ended the day in second, some 0.4 seconds adrift of Aleshin, who also had a chance to try a Renault Formula 1 car during the lunchbreak.

After an out of sorts weekend at Brno, in which he struggled with a high temperature, Spaniard Albert Costa bounced back to more accustomed form by setting the fourth fastest time for Epsilon Euskadi.

Aleshin's Carlin team-mate Jake Rosenzweig took fifth spot, while improving British Formula 3 graduate Victor Garcia completed the top six for French-based KMP Racing.

European Formula 3 Open champion Bruno Mendez was unable to take part in the second session after a heavy crash this morning.

"I am fine, no bruises or anything, there was just too much damage to the car to go out again," reported Mendez.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m27.475s 2. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m27.829s + 0.354s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m27.914s + 0.439s 4. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m27.920s + 0.445s 5. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m28.147s + 0.672s 6. Victor Garcia KMP 1m28.225s + 0.750s 7. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m28.263s + 0.788s 8. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m28.282s + 0.807s 9. Federico Leo Pons 1m28.311s + 0.836s 10. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m28.359s + 0.884s 11. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m28.397s + 0.922s 12. Sergio Canamasas FHV Interwetten 1m28.445s + 0.970s 13. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m28.482s + 1.007s 14. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m28.521s + 1.046s 15. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m28.645s + 1.170s 16. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m28.679s + 1.204s 17. Julian Leal Draco 1m28.716s + 1.241s 18. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m28.785s + 1.310s 19. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m28.800s + 1.325s 20. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m28.842s + 1.367s 21. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m28.943s + 1.468s 22. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m29.366s + 1.891s 23. Jan Charouz P1 1m29.612s + 2.137s 24. Bruno Mendez FHV Interwetten 1m44.988s + 17.513s 
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