Coletti on top in second Hungary test

Stefano Coletti set the fastest time in today's final Formula Renault 3.5 collective test at the Hungaroring

Coletti on top in second Hungary test

The Monegasque went top with seven minutes of the hour and 15 minute session remaining, demoting Magny-Cours winner Nathanael Berthon. Draco's Frenchman ended the afternoon 0.248 seconds off Coletti's effort of 1m34.377s.

Both drivers set their times using high-downforce settings. Tomorrow afternoon's 45 minute race will be held with a compulsory low-aero configuration (LAC). Despite today's success, Comtec driver Coletti - sixth in points and chasing his first win of the season - is not taking anything for granted.

"It is good, but we should have done better," said Coletti. "I had a yellow flag on my first flying lap, and then made some mistakes on my second one. With it being so hot here you should be setting your fastest time on your first lap, because the tyres lose performance very quickly.

"I spent the whole of the session on low-downforce and then fitted high at the end for new tyres. I have no idea what the difference in lap time is between the high and LAC, but for me it was around 0.3s."

British Formula 3 champion Daniel Ricciardo (Tech 1), who celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday, finished third and led the LAC runners.

Both Esteban Guerrieri in fourth and Coletti's Comtec team-mate Greg Mansell, fifth, had spells at the top. Argentinean three-time winner Guerrieri was quickest for ISR a third of the way into the session, while at the halfway mark Mansell was on top; a new tub since the previous round at Magny-Cours paying dividends.

The session was relatively incident free. Epsilon Euskadi's Keisuke Kunimoto briefly brought out the red flags after just 10 minutes, but was soon able to get going. Yellows flags were required when Renault Formula 1 reserve driver Jan Charouz pirouetted at Turn 13, and championship leader Mikhail Aleshin had a moment at Turn 1.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m34.377s 2. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m34.625s + 0.248s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m34.677s + 0.300s 4. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m34.709s + 0.332s 5. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m34.886s + 0.509s 6. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m35.029s + 0.652s 7. Victor Garcia KMP 1m35.080s + 0.703s 8. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m35.161s + 0.784s 9. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m35.350s + 0.973s 10. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m35.441s + 1.064s 11. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m35.569s + 1.192s 12. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m35.592s + 1.215s 13. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m35.633s + 1.256s 14. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m35.689s + 1.312s 15. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m35.728s + 1.351s 16. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m35.824s + 1.447s 17. Julian Leal Draco 1m35.877s + 1.500s 18. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m36.028s + 1.651s 19. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m36.038s + 1.661s 20. Federico Leo Pons 1m36.105s + 1.728s 21. Jan Charouz P1 1m36.266s + 1.889s 22. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m36.379s + 2.002s 23. Sergio Canamasas FHV Interwetten 1m36.681s + 2.304s 24. Bruno Mendez FHV Interwetten 1m36.695s + 2.318s 
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