Nico Muller fastest in rain-hit Formula Renault 3.5 session at the Nurburgring

Nico Muller topped a wet Formula Renault 3.5 free practice session at the Nurburgring on Friday

Nico Muller fastest in rain-hit Formula Renault 3.5 session at the Nurburgring

The Draco driver came out on top in the session as a result of being the fastest car on track while the conditions were at their best for a brief spell in the final quarter of an hour. He moved to the top of the order with 13 minutes to go, and a light shower in the final few minutes prevented anyone from challenging him.

Muller set his time during a flurry of activity, after several drivers had decided against running while the track was at its wettest during the first half of the session.

Arden Caterham's Alexander Rossi, who featured towards the top of the times for most of the session, ended up being the only other driver to get within half a second of Muller. Marco Sorensen was third for Lotus, but he was 0.6s down on Muller's pace.

The top five was completed by the two new additions to the 2012 grid. Series returnee Cesar Ramos was fourth fastest as he settled in with Lotus in place of the injured Richie Stanaway, while new Red Bull recruit Antonio Felix da Costa was fifth for Arden Caterham.

Earlier in the day, Carlin's Kevin Magnussen had topped the dry morning session by seven tenths of a second from Comtec driver Nick Yelloly, with third-placed Carlos Huertas (Fortec) the only other driver to get within one second of the Dane's pace.

Practice one: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1m41.677s 2. Nick Yelloly Comtec 1m42.428s + 0.751s 3. Carlos Huertas Fortec 1m42.601s + 0.924s 4. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m42.719s + 1.042s 5. Robin Frijns Fortec 1m42.848s + 1.171s 6. Cesar Ramos Lotus 1m43.179s + 1.502s 7. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 1m43.186s + 1.509s 8. Will Stevens Carlin 1m43.247s + 1.570s 9. Alexander Rossi Arden Caterham 1m43.283s + 1.606s 10. Sam Bird ISR 1m43.285s + 1.608s 11. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m43.401s + 1.724s 12. Nico Muller Draco 1m43.411s + 1.734s 13. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec 1m43.447s + 1.770s 14. Andre Negrao Draco 1m43.471s + 1.794s 15. Nikolay Martsenko BVM Target 1m43.532s + 1.855s 16. Anton Nebylitskiy RFR 1m43.539s + 1.862s 17. Mikhail Aleshin RFR 1m43.548s + 1.871s 18. Antonto Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 1m43.744s + 2.067s 19. Yann Cunha Pons 1m44.031s + 2.354s 20. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m44.381s + 2.704s 21. Arthur Pic DAMS 1m44.399s + 2.722s 22. Giovanni Venturini BVM Target 1m44.614s + 2.937s 23. Jake Rosenzweig ISR 1m44.720s + 3.043s 24. Lucas Foresti DAMS 1m44.939s + 3.262s 25. Daniil Move P1 1m48.190s + 6.513s 26. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 Practice two: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Muller Draco 2m00.959s 2. Alexander Rossi Arden Caterham 2m01.085s + 0.126s 3. Marco Sorensen Lotus 2m01.583s + 0.624s 4. Cesar Ramos Lotus 2m01.614s + 0.655s 5. Antonto Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 2m01.734s + 0.775s 6. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 2m01.948s + 0.989s 7. Andre Negrao Draco 2m01.986s + 1.027s 8. Mikhail Aleshin RFR 2m02.053s + 1.094s 9. Nick Yelloly Comtec 2m02.090s + 1.131s 10. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 2m02.202s + 1.243s 11. Walter Grubmuller P1 2m02.387s + 1.428s 12. Jake Rosenzweig ISR 2m02.402s + 1.443s 13. Sam Bird ISR 2m02.658s + 1.699s 14. Carlos Huertas Fortec 2m02.727s + 1.768s 15. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec 2m02.848s + 1.889s 16. Zoel Amberg Pons 2m03.121s + 2.162s 17. Anton Nebylitskiy RFR 2m03.350s + 2.391s 18. Robin Frijns Fortec 2m03.406s + 2.447s 19. Giovanni Venturini BVM Target 2m03.408s + 2.449s 20. Arthur Pic DAMS 2m03.530s + 2.571s 21. Daniil Move P1 2m03.673s + 2.714s 22. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 2m03.987s + 3.028s 23. Nikolay Martsenko BVM Target 2m04.499s + 3.540s 24. Yann Cunha Pons 2m04.676s + 3.717s 25. Lucas Foresti DAMS 2m05.790s + 4.831s 26. Will Stevens Carlin 
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