Moscow FR3.5: Red Bull protege da Costa quickest on Friday

Red Bull junior driver Antonio Felix da Costa set the fastest time in Formula Renault 3.5 practice at the Moscow Raceway on Friday

Moscow FR3.5: Red Bull protege da Costa quickest on Friday

The Portuguese racer's afternoon effort of 1m21.097s eclipsed championship leader Kevin Magnussen's morning best by 0.217 seconds.

Magnussen's DAMS team-mate Norman Nato took second position in both one-hour sessions, and was shaded by da Costa by just 0.048s in the afternoon.

Tyres played a big role at the Russian track, as several drivers reported that they struggled to extract a second fast lap time on new rubber.

The second session was extremely closely contested with one second covering the first 23 cars.

Marlon Stockinger was buoyed by a solid fourth in the afternoon, ahead of Will Stevens and Spa hard charger Nigel Melker.

In a field with four Russians in it, the top local hope was teenage Auto GP graduate Sergey Sirotkin in seventh in the second session.

Behind him, Oliver Webb slipped to eighth after holding the fastest time for a long period.

Webb's Fortec team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, Magnussen's closest rival in the title race, ended the morning session in fourth before dropping to 15th in the afternoon.

Series debutant Will Buller was 0.742s off da Costa's afternoon pace in 20th for Zeta Corse.

Morning session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Kevin Magnussen DAMS 1m21.314s 2. Norman Nato DAMS 1m21.870s +0.556s 3. Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 1m21.877s +0.563s 4. Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec 1m21.990s +0.676s 5. Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 1m22.138s +0.824s 6. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m22.264s +0.950s 7. Andre Negrao Draco 1m22.298s +0.984s 8. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m22.316s +1.002s 9. Nigel Melker Tech 1 1m22.330s +1.016s 10. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1m22.373s +1.059s 11. Arthur Pic AV 1m22.526s +1.212s 12. Sergey Sirotkin ISR 1m22.529s +1.215s 13. Nico Muller Draco 1m22.564s +1.250s 14. Will Stevens P1/Strakka 1m22.711s +1.397s 15. Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m22.810s +1.496s 16. Lucas Foresti SMP/Comtec 1m22.871s +1.557s 17. Carlos Huertas Carlin 1m22.915s +1.601s 18. Oliver Webb Fortec 1m22.961s +1.647s 19. Matias Laine P1/Strakka 1m23.030s +1.716s 20. Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham 1m23.107s +1.793s 21. Nikolay Martsenko Pons 1m23.120s +1.806s 22. Christopher Zanella ISR 1m23.203s +1.889s 23. Daniil Move SMP/Comtec 1m23.339s +2.025s 24. Yann Cunha AV 1m23.616s +2.302s 25. Will Buller Zeta 1m23.658s +2.344s 26. Mihai Marinescu Zeta 1m24.082s +2.768s Afternoon session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 1m21.097s 2. Norman Nato DAMS 1m21.145s +0.048s 3. Kevin Magnussen DAMS 1m21.168s +0.071s 4. Marlon Stockinger Lotus 1m21.241s +0.144s 5. Will Stevens P1/Strakka 1m21.325s +0.228s 6. Nigel Melker Tech 1 1m21.336s +0.239s 7. Sergey Sirotkin ISR 1m21.353s +0.256s 8. Oliver Webb Fortec 1m21.374s +0.277s 9. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m21.405s +0.308s 10. Nikolay Martsenko Pons 1m21.442s +0.345s 11. Arthur Pic AV 1m21.445s +0.348s 12. Carlos Huertas Carlin 1m21.490s +0.393s 13. Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham 1m21.506s +0.409s 14. Matias Laine P1/Strakka 1m21.527s +0.430s 15. Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec 1m21.569s +0.472s 16. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1m21.623s +0.526s 17. Nico Muller Draco 1m21.651s +0.554s 18. Daniil Move SMP/Comtec 1m21.760s +0.663s 19. Lucas Foresti SMP/Comtec 1m21.786s +0.689s 20. Will Buller Zeta 1m21.839s +0.742s 21. Christopher Zanella ISR 1m21.910s +0.813s 22. Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 1m21.976s +0.879s 23. Andre Negrao Draco 1m22.038s +0.941s 24. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m22.155s +1.058s 25. Yann Cunha AV 1m22.760s +1.663s 26. Mihai Marinescu Zeta 1m23.024s +1.927s 
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