FR3.5 testing: Marlon Stockinger fastest for Lotus amid red flags
Lotus driver Marlon Stockinger set the pace on an interrupted second day of Formula Renault 3.5 winter testing at Barcelona
A wet start to the day and a total of 10 red flags disrupted teams' running as many assessed new drivers and others worked on performance with experienced FR3.5 contenders.
Stockinger's 1m30.218s lap midway through the afternoon put him a comfortable seven tenths of a second ahead of Zoel Amberg, whose Arden Caterham car edged out its season-long occupant Antonio Felix da Costa, driving for Carlin this time.
Sauber Formula 1 contender Sergey Sirotkin was fourth for ISR, with European Formula 3 champion Raffaele Marciello fifth quickest as he tried out with Tech 1 following Tuesday's DAMS outing.
Caterham protege Will Stevens had emerged fastest from the drying morning session for P1 by Strakka, ahead of Sirotkin and Tuesday pacesetter Carlos Sainz Jr.
Morning session Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Will Stevens P1/Strakka 1m30.341s 19 2. Sergey Sirotkin ISR 1m30.363s +0.022s 18 3. Carlos Sainz DAMS 1m30.548s +0.207s 30 4. Zoel Amberg Arden Caterham 1m30.616s +0.275s 47 5. Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m30.767s +0.426s 32 6. Pietro Fantin Draco 1m30.786s +0.445s 36 7. Oliver Rowland Fortec 1m30.941s +0.600s 39 8. Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m31.000s +0.659s 20 9. Daniil Move ISR 1m31.150s +0.809s 15 10. Stefano Coletti SMP/Comtec 1m31.386s +1.045s 17 11. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m31.445s +1.104s 38 12. Lucas Foresti AV 1m31.665s +1.324s 23 13. Jann Mardenborough Arden Caterham 1m31.797s +1.456s 40 14. Matias Laine P1/Strakka 1m32.057s +1.716s 12 15. Luca Ghiotto Pons 1m32.169s +1.828s 13 16. Andre Negrao Draco 1m32.269s +1.928s 23 17. Nikolay Martsenko Fortec 1m32.356s +2.015s 40 18. William Buller DAMS 1m32.402s +2.061s 27 19. Nick Yelloly SMP/Comtec 1m32.461s +2.120s 6 20. Raffaele Marciello Tech 1 1m32.474s +2.133s 22 21. Riccardo Agostini Zeta 1m32.693s +2.352s 26 22. Alexander Sims Carlin 1m32.793s +2.452s 34 23. Pierre Gasly Tech 1 1m32.823s +2.482s 13 24. Vittorio Ghirelli AV 1m32.926s +2.585s 29 25. Roman Mavlanov Zeta 1m33.150s +2.809s 13 26. Chewon Im Pons 1m36.845s +6.504s 19 Afternoon session Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m30.218s 31 2. Zoel Amberg Arden Caterham 1m30.853s +0.635s 37 3. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m30.957s +0.739s 38 4. Sergey Sirotkin ISR 1m31.074s +0.856s 14 5. Raffaele Marciello Tech 1 1m31.145s +0.927s 30 6. Matias Laine P1/Strakka 1m31.155s +0.937s 38 7. Carlos Sainz DAMS 1m31.234s +1.016s 38 8. Oliver Rowland Fortec 1m31.301s +1.083s 23 9. Will Stevens P1/Strakka 1m31.364s +1.146s 31 10. Nikolay Martsenko Fortec 1m31.439s +1.221s 31 11. Nick Yelloly SMP/Comtec 1m31.549s +1.331s 28 12. Alexander Sims Carlin 1m31.573s +1.355s 45 13. Pietro Fantin Draco 1m31.611s +1.393s 29 14. Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 1m31.622s +1.404s 24 15. William Buller DAMS 1m31.657s +1.439s 32 16. Luca Ghiotto Pons 1m31.736s +1.518s 28 17. Pierre Gasly Tech 1 1m31.885s +1.667s 38 18. Andre Negrao Draco 1m31.914s +1.696s 32 19. Riccardo Agostini Zeta 1m31.981s +1.763s 31 20. Lucas Foresti AV 1m32.091s +1.873s 30 21. Jann Mardenborough Arden Caterham 1m32.187s +1.969s 30 22. Vittorio Ghirelli AV 1m32.515s +2.297s 26 23. Roman Mavlanov Zeta 1m32.801s +2.583s 32 24. Stefano Coletti SMP/Comtec 1m32.860s +2.642s 13 25. Daniil Move ISR 1m33.954s +3.736s 4 26. Chewon Im Pons 1m34.437s +4.219s 24
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