Coletti quickest on return to Spa

Stefano Coletti showed he was completely unfazed by his huge GP2 crash at Spa-Francorchamps last August by setting the fastest time in Formula Renault 3.5 practice on his return to the Belgian venue

Coletti quickest on return to Spa

The Monegasque former Formula 3 Euro Series race winner eclipsed Fortec driver Sten Pentus by 0.054 seconds at the top the timesheets, just eight months after sustaining compressed vertebrae and heavy bruising when his Durango car failed to negotiate Spa's Eau Rouge corner.

"I am happy, even though I could still see the tyre marks from my GP2 crash every time I went through Eau Rouge," said Coletti.

"The car is quick, and the team took pole here in 2008 with Marco Bonanomi. I don't think doing the GP2 race last year has provided any useful information for this weekend, but it has made me really determined to take my revenge on Spa."

Motorland winner Pentus led the session for 50 minutes, before being demoted by Coletti a quarter of an hour before the chequered flag.

Championship leader Daniel Ricciardo finished third, ahead of a strong showing for Keisuke Kunimoto. Ricciardo's Tech 1 Racing team-mate Brendon Hartley finished fifth, leading this morning's pace-setter Mikhail Aleshin. Rain is forecast for the races on Saturday and Sunday.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Stefano Coletti Comtec 2m02.633s 2. Sten Pentus Fortec 2m02.687s + 0.054s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 2m02.928s + 0.295s 4. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 2m03.237s + 0.604s 5. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 2m03.408s + 0.775s 6. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 2m03.501s + 0.868s 7. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 2m03.518s + 0.885s 8. Filip Salaquarda ISR 2m03.536s + 0.903s 9. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 2m03.591s + 0.958s 10. Greg Mansell Comtec 2m03.654s + 1.021s 11. Jan Charouz P1 2m03.679s + 1.046s 12. Jon Lancaster Fortec 2m03.753s + 1.120s 13. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 2m03.828s + 1.195s 14. Walter Grubmuller P1 2m03.842s + 1.209s 15. Daniel Zampieri Pons 2m03.954s + 1.321s 16. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 2m04.112s + 1.479s 17. Federico Leo Pons 2m04.251s + 1.618s 18. Victor Garcia KMP 2m04.318s + 1.685s 19. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 2m04.319s + 1.686s 20. Nathanael Berthon Draco 2m04.400s + 1.767s 21. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 2m04.745s + 2.112s 22. Sergio Canamasas Interwetten 2m04.909s + 2.276s 23. Bruno Mendez Interwetten 2m05.401s + 2.768s 24. Julian Leal Draco 2m05.472s + 2.839s 
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