Formula Renault 3.5 title favourite Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time on the opening day of this season's collective testing at Motorland Aragon
The Toro Rosso Formula 1 reserve driver, who has switched from Tech 1 Racing to Czech team ISR over the close season, recorded a best time of 1m42.948s this afternoon.
Newcomer BVM Target fielded a single car for double Superleague Formula champion Davide Rigon. The Italian has yet to finalise his 2011 plans, but impressed by ending the day second-quickest and 0.07 seconds shy of Ricciardo.
Series returnee Robert Wickens reacquainted himself with his former team Carlin to take third. In a close session, the former Formula 2 and GP3 runner-up finished 0.035s up on KMP Racing's Nelson Panciatici. GP3 graduate Alexander Rossi and reigning Italian Formula 3 champion Cesar Ramos completed the top six.
British Formula 3 race-winner Oliver Webb topped the morning for Pons with a time of 1m43.467s. Kiwi Brendon Hartley was second for Gravity-Charouz in that session ahead of Draco's rookie Stephane Richelmi.
Former FHV Interwetten driver Sergio Canamasas ran in the second Pons entry, and the Spaniard will sample Epsilon Euskadi's machinery on the final day of the test tomorrow. The Basque team was reduced to a single entry for Albert Costa today.
The entry of 23 drivers was three short of capacity. Angolan Ricardo Teixeira, who tested for the Lotus Formula 1 team last month, is set to drive in place of Rigon at BVM Target tomorrow.
Morning session:Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Oliver Webb Pons 1m43.467s 31 2. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz 1m43.514s + 0.047s 37 3. Stephane Richelmi Draco 1m43.542s + 0.075s 30 4. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m43.544s + 0.077s 29 5. Davide Rigon BVM Target 1m43.566s + 0.099s 42 6. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m43.709s + 0.242s 28 7. Nelson Panciatici KMP 1m43.740s + 0.273s 31 8. Cesar Ramos Fortec 1m43.769s + 0.302s 26 9. Daniil Move P1 1m43.947s + 0.480s 39 10. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m43.988s + 0.521s 38 11. Jean Eric Vergne Carlin 1m44.022s + 0.555s 36 12. Albert Costa Epsilon-Euskadi 1m44.026s + 0.559s 31 13. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m44.086s + 0.619s 36 14. Andre Negrao Draco 1m44.143s + 0.676s 28 15. Daniel Ricciardo ISR 1m44.293s + 0.826s 14 16. Daniel Mckenzie Comtec 1m44.334s + 0.867s 42 17. Alexander Rossi Fortec 1m44.351s + 0.884s 21 18. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz 1m44.453s + 0.986s 37 19. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz 1m44.480s + 1.013s 31 20. Daniel de Jong Comtec 1m44.558s + 1.091s 36 21. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m44.919s + 1.452s 14 22. Sergio Canamasas Pons 1m45.138s + 1.671s 31 23. Nathanael Berthon ISR 1m49.265s + 5.798s 9 Afternoon session:Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Daniel Ricciardo ISR 1m42.948s 24 2. Davide Rigon BVM Target 1m43.018s + 0.070s 37 3. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m43.153s + 0.205s 29 4. Nelson Panciatici KMP 1m43.188s + 0.240s 33 5. Alexander Rossi Fortec 1m43.266s + 0.318s 40 6. Cesar Ramos Fortec 1m43.305s + 0.357s 28 7. Stephane Richelmi Draco 1m43.384s + 0.436s 37 8. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m43.579s + 0.631s 34 9. Daniil Move P1 1m43.612s + 0.664s 28 10. Albert Costa Epsilon-Euskadi 1m43.674s + 0.726s 33 11. Daniel Mckenzie Comtec 1m43.696s + 0.748s 30 12. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m43.795s + 0.847s 43 13. Andre Negrao Draco 1m43.876s + 0.928s 30 14. Jean Eric Vergne Carlin 1m43.915s + 0.967s 23 15. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m43.951s + 1.003s 26 16. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m43.952s + 1.004s 34 17. Sergio Canamasas Pons 1m43.969s + 1.021s 34 18. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz 1m44.043s + 1.095s 35 19. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz 1m44.092s + 1.144s 34 20. Oliver Webb Pons 1m44.317s + 1.369s 14 21. Daniel de Jong Comtec 1m44.407s + 1.459s 29 22. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz 1m44.501s + 1.553s 17 23. Nathanael Berthon ISR 1m44.726s + 1.778s 10
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