Panciatici fastest in Renault 3.5 test

Lotus Junior team driver Nelson Panciatici claimed the fastest time at the conclusion of the opening day of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Barcelona

Panciatici fastest in Renault 3.5 test

The Frenchman's lap of 1m33.975s lowered Victor Garcia's morning benchmark by half a second. KMP Racing's Garcia again surpassed expectations, improving his morning time by two tenths to finish second in the classification.

Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver, and reigning British Formula 3 champion, Daniel Ricciardo was third having led the order for much of the afternoon in his Tech 1 Racing entry.

Fellow Red Bull Junior driver Jean Eric Vergne ended the session just 0.02s shy of the Australian. Vergne topped yesterday's British F3 test at Rockingham for Carlin Motorsport and is considering running a parallel programme in Formula Renault 3.5 with SG Formula.

Daniel Zampieri and P1 Motorsport's Renault F1 test driver Jan Charouz completed the top six.

Team-mates in Formula Renault 2.0 with Epsilon Euskadi last season, Albert Costa and Nathanael Berthon were involved in an unfortunate collision this afternoon. Despite the setback, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Costa was a solid ninth fastest.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nelson Panciatici Lotus Junior 1m33.975s 2. Victor Garcia KMP 1m34.236s + 0.261s 3. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m34.336s + 0.361s 4. Jean Eric Vergne SG Formula 1m34.354s + 0.379s 5. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m34.380s + 0.405s 6. Jan Charouz P1 1m34.402s + 0.427s 7. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m34.643s + 0.668s 8. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m34.650s + 0.675s 9. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m34.678s + 0.703s 10. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m34.685s + 0.710s 11. Marcos Martinez SG Formula 1m34.730s + 0.755s 12. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m34.821s + 0.846s 13. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m34.871s + 0.896s 14. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m34.938s + 0.963s 15. Federico Leo Pons 1m34.951s + 0.976s 16. Daniil Move Lotus Junior 1m35.005s + 1.030s 17. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m35.023s + 1.048s 18. Anton Nebylitskyi KMP 1m35.199s + 1.224s 19. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m35.459s + 1.484s 20. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m35.462s + 1.487s 21. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m35.634s + 1.659s 22. Bruno Mendez ISR 1m36.173s + 2.198s 23. Julian Leal Draco 1m36.329s + 2.354s 24. Sergio Canamasas Fortec 1m36.335s + 2.360s 
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