Kevin Magnussen set the pace on the first day of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Aragon on Wednesday
The McLaren Formula 1 test driver, who finished seventh in the FR3.5 championship this year with Carlin, was back in action with DAMS for the second time this winter.
Magnussen set the quickest time of the day in the final hour, as he, Italian F3 champion Riccardo Agostini and Will Stevens knocked Carlos Sainz Jr off the top of the timesheets.
Sainz, who only ran for the afternoon session, was in action for new team AV Formula, which has replaced Team RFR for the winter tests with a view to joining the championship next year.
Next up was Formula Renault ALPS champion Daniil Kvyat. The Red Bull-backed Russian was in action for Arden Caterham, and he had Macau Grand Prix winner Antonio Felix da Costa on hand to offer advice.
Sixth quickest Norman Nato made sure three of the drivers getting 'prize' tests for their achievements in other junior categories were in the top six on the first day of the test, which continues on Thursday and Friday.
This year's champion Robin Frijns was testing a 2013 development car for the series organisers. He was not timed.
Day one times:Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Kevin Magnussen DAMS 1m39.915s 2. Riccardo Agostini Draco 1m40.349s + 0.434s 3. Will Stevens P1 1m40.371s + 0.456s 4. Carlos Sainz Jr AV 1m40.433s + 0.518s 5. Daniil Kvyat Arden Caterham 1m40.453s + 0.538s 6. Norman Nato Tech 1 1m40.540s + 0.625s 7. Sergey Sirotkin ISR/Tech 1m40.561s + 0.646s 8. Raffaele Marciello Fortec 1m40.703s + 0.788s 9. Carlos Huertas Carlin 1m40.762s + 0.847s 10. Nikolay Martsenko Fortec 1m40.868s + 0.953s 11. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m40.897s + 0.982s 12. Yann Cunha AV 1m40.987s + 1.072s 13. Gianmarco Raimondo Draco 1m40.997s + 1.082s 14. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m41.042s + 1.127s 15. Paul-Loup Chatin Tech 1/Comtec 1m41.070s + 1.155s 16. Lucas Foresti Comtec 1m41.075s + 1.160s 17. Oliver Rowland P1 1m41.241s + 1.326s 18. Luciano Bacheta Pons 1m41.273s + 1.358s 19. Pietro Fantin Lotus 1m41.276s + 1.361s 20. Stoffel Vandoorne DAMS 1m41.321s + 1.406s 21. Jack Harvey Carlin 1m41.389s + 1.439s 22. Josh Hill ISR 1m41.606s + 1.474s 23. Jake Dennis Lotus 1m41.652s + 1.737s 24. Niccolo Schiro AV 1m41.762s + 1.847s 25. Will Buller Comtec 1m41.852s + 1.937s 26. Jimmy Eriksson ISR 1m42.217s + 2.302s 27. Jordan King BVM Target 1m42.387s + 2.472s 28. Matias Laine Arden Caterham 1m42.541s + 2.626s
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