Ricciardo tops second Aragon practice

Tech 1 Racing's Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in the second Formula Renault 3.5 practice session at Motorland Aragon this afternoon

Ricciardo tops second Aragon practice

The British Formula 3 champion recorded a lap of 1m43.478s, an improvement of two tenths of a second over his morning's effort.

Series returnee Mikhail Aleshin was the Australian's closest challenger for Carlin, while session one pace-setter Sten Pentus remained in contention in third.

"Today was pretty frustrating at first," said Aleshin. "This isn't one of my favourite circuits, but even so we struggled more than I expected in the first session this morning.

"We changed quite a lot on the car between the first and second session and everything came together when we put new tyres on the car this afternoon. The balance of the car felt really good and I feel happy with our low downforce set-up. Based on the work we've done today, I think we're in pretty good shape for qualifying tomorrow morning."

Draco's Nathanael Berthon sat at the top of the timesheets for the first seven minutes of the hour and fifteen minute session, before being displaced by Ricciardo.

The Romagnat driver was made to settle for fourth spot, ahead of Federico Leo and Keisuke Kunimoto. Former Macau winner Kunimoto was fastest of all over the first sector of the 3.3 mile circuit.

Following a relatively subdued morning, Argentinean Esteban Guerrieri appeared to show signs of being acclimatised to his new Czech team ISR in eighth. The former Formula Renault 3.5 race winner has been out of action since the 2009 final at Motorland last October.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m43.478s 2. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m43.681s + 0.203 3. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m43.698s + 0.220 4. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m43.788s + 0.310 5. Federico Leo Pons 1m43.807s + 0.329 6. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m43.851s + 0.373 7. Jan Charouz P1 1m43.972s + 0.494 8. Esteban Guerrieri ISR 1m43.998s + 0.520 9. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m44.028s + 0.550 10. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m44.032s + 0.554 11. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m44.090s + 0.612 12. Brendon Hartley Tech 1  1m44.098s + 0.620 13. Julian Leal Draco 1m44.109s + 0.631 14. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m44.339s + 0.861 15. Victor Garcia KMP 1m44.416s + 0.938 16. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m44.438s + 0.960 17. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m44.460s + 0.982 18. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m44.593s + 1.115 19. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m44.697s + 1.219 20. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m44.848s + 1.370 21. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m44.962s + 1.484 22. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m45.313s + 1.835 23. Sergio Canamasas Interwetten 1m45.765s + 2.287 24. Bruno Mendez Interwetten 1m45.968s + 2.490 
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