Aragon FR3.5: Will Buller sets the pace in practice

Will Buller edged Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr in the dying moments of free practice to top the times at Aragon on Friday

Aragon FR3.5: Will Buller sets the pace in practice

The Arden driver was one of the last to take the chequered flag at the end of the session, deposing Sainz just seconds after the Spaniard had hit the front for the first time in the afternoon running.

Buller's team-mate Pierre Gasly also improved around the same time to slot into third place, as Roberto Merhi rounded out a top four that was covered by just eight hundredths of a second.

Merhi had only spent a little over a minute at the top of the times as the session ended with a flurry of improvements throughout the field.

Prior to the rush in the final few minutes, the afternoon running had been controlled by the Fortec duo of Oliver Rowland and Sergey Sirotkin, along with morning pacesetter Will Stevens and Jazeman Jaafar.

Stevens had enjoyed a relatively comfortable margin of 0.3 seconds over a closely bunched chasing pack in the morning, with Gasly, Buller, Rowland and Sainz all covered by a tenth of a second behind him.

Practice one:

Pos  Driver               Team     Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Will Stevens         Strakka  1m41.970s           19
 2.  Pierre Gasly         Arden    1m42.284s  +0.314s  20
 3.  Will Buller          Arden    1m42.292s  +0.322s  19
 4.  Oliver Rowland       Fortec   1m42.311s  +0.341s  19
 5.  Carlos Sainz Jr      DAMS     1m42.425s  +0.455s  20
 6.  Matias Laine         Strakka  1m42.591s  +0.621s  17
 7.  Marlon Stockinger    Lotus    1m42.779s  +0.809s  17
 8.  Jazeman Jaafar       ISR      1m42.798s  +0.828s  19
 9.  Matthieu Vaxiviere   Lotus    1m42.851s  +0.881s  20
10.  Zoel Amberg          AVF      1m42.925s  +0.955s  17
11.  Sergey Sirotkin      Fortec   1m43.009s  +1.039s  20
12.  Marco Sorensen       Tech 1   1m43.038s  +1.068s  17
13.  Norman Nato          DAMS     1m43.040s  +1.070s  16
14.  Meindert van Buuren  Pons     1m43.151s  +1.181s  19
15.  Roberto Merhi        Zeta     1m43.218s  +1.248s  18
16.  Luca Ghiotto         Draco    1m43.245s  +1.275s  18
17.  Roman Mavlanov       Zeta     1m43.501s  +1.531s  17
18.  Nikolay Martsenko    Comtec   1m43.686s  +1.716s  13
19.  Oliver Webb          Pons     1m43.751s  +1.781s  18
20.  Beitske Visser       AVF      1m44.329s  +2.359s  18
21.  Pietro Fantin        Draco    1m47.004s  +5.034s  6

Practice two:

Pos Driver               Team     Time       Gap      Laps
 1. Will Buller          Arden    1m41.222s           18
 2. Carlos Sainz Jr      DAMS     1m41.257s  +0.035s  21
 3. Pierre Gasly         Arden    1m41.280s  +0.058s  19
 4. Roberto Merhi        Zeta     1m41.303s  +0.081s  18
 5. Nikolay Martsenko    Comtec   1m41.531s  +0.309s  20
 6. Sergey Sirotkin      Fortec   1m41.532s  +0.310s  18
 7. Marlon Stockinger    Lotus    1m41.547s  +0.325s  18
 8. Jazeman Jaafar       ISR      1m41.587s  +0.365s  20
 9. Will Stevens         Strakka  1m41.605s  +0.383s  17
10. Oliver Rowland       Fortec   1m41.652s  +0.430s  18
11. Norman Nato          DAMS     1m41.671s  +0.449s  19
12. Matthieu Vaxiviere   Lotus    1m41.726s  +0.504s  18
13. Zoel Amberg          AVF      1m41.814s  +0.592s  18
14. Luca Ghiotto         Draco    1m41.816s  +0.594s  18
15. Marco Sorensen       Tech 1   1m41.825s  +0.603s  19
16. Beitske Visser       AVF      1m42.079s  +0.857s  19
17. Pietro Fantin        Draco    1m42.097s  +0.875s  20
18. Oliver Webb          Pons     1m42.140s  +0.918s  19
19. Meindert van Buuren  Pons     1m42.186s  +0.964s  20
20. Roman Mavlanov       Zeta     1m42.248s  +1.026s  20
21. Matias Laine         Strakka  1m42.249s  +1.027s  17
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