Guerrieri leads second FR3.5 session

Esteban Guerrieri set a fastest time of 1m46.084s to top the second Formula Renault 3.5 free practice session at Silverstone

Guerrieri leads second FR3.5 session

Ahead of tomorrow's low-aero configuration race, the Argentinean ISR racer enjoyed a three tenths of a second advantage over Daniel Ricciardo, who was running the opposite set-up for his best time.

"I was on high downforce when I did the time, and then ran a low downforce setting at the end," said 2009 British Formula 3 champion Ricciardo. "The circuit's okay, apart from the big bump at Turn 11. So I'd say things are pretty much going to plan, but Guerrieri is still hanging around so we've got to keep pushing."

Both men are out to claw back ground on points leader Mikhail Aleshin in order to maintain their championship hopes. The Russian had electrical and throttle trouble this morning, languishing in 18th place, but recovered to eighth in the afternoon.

"I had to sit out nearly the whole of the first practice," said Aleshin, "the only laps that I did were just to do checks, not pushing. For sure it won't help us, but this is a technical sport and these things happen. Hopefully, things are better now."

Fortec's Jon Lancaster also ran low downforce on his way to third fastest, edging out Brendon Hartley by 0.033s. Kiwi Hartley familiarised himself swiftly with his new P1 Motorsport team.

"It is going well," said Hartley. "There is not as big a difference between the high and low downforce as I was expecting. The high is not as quick as I thought."

Draco's Nathanael Berthon ended the afternoon fifth, ahead of Ferrari Academy member Daniel Zampieri.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m46.084s 2. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m46.362s + 0.278s 3. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m46.413s + 0.329s 4. Brendon Hartley P1 1m46.446s + 0.362s 5. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m46.519s + 0.435s 6. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m46.620s + 0.536s 7. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m46.806s + 0.722s 8. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m46.857s + 0.773s 9. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m46.860s + 0.776s 10. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m46.896s + 0.812s 11. Jean-Eric Vergne Tech 1 1m46.903s + 0.819s 12. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m47.081s + 0.997s 13. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m47.167s + 1.083s 14. Federico Leo Pons 1m47.339s + 1.255s 15. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m47.343s + 1.259s 16. Julian Leal Draco 1m47.389s + 1.305s 17. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m47.485s + 1.401s 18. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m47.565s + 1.481s 19. Victor Garcia KMP 1m47.647s + 1.563s 20. Bruno Mendez FHV Interwetten 1m47.995s + 1.911s 21. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m48.156s + 2.072s 22. Sergio Canamasas FHV Interwetten 1m48.258s + 2.174s 23. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m48.375s + 2.291s 24. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m48.734s + 2.650s 
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