Ricciardo tops second FR3.5 test day

Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed a successful introduction to his new team ISR by twice breaking the Motorland Aragon record on the second and final day of the opening collective test of the Formula Renault 3.5 season

Ricciardo tops second FR3.5 test day

The Australian moved into the top spot in the first hour of the morning session with a lap of 1m43,023s, before peaking with an effort of 1m42.237s before the lunchbreak.

"Yesterday, it was my first day working with the ISR team, so we had a few things to sort out," said Ricciardo. "Everything went quite well for us today. I like the way ISR works a lot. They don't send me out on track just to get some laps in, but every time we analyse a whole host of settings very closely."

Fortec's Alexander Rossi and Gravity-Charouz's Brendon Hartley also had turns at the head of the timing screens. American Rossi eventually claimed second in the morning ahead of Epsilon Euskadi's Albert Costa.

Several teams opted to conduct a race simulation in the afternoon session, before fitting a final set of fresh tyres. Jan Charouz (Charouz-Gravity) was fastest for most of the afternoon before Ricciardo again moved to the front. The Red Bull junior driver again ended the session fastest with a lap in 1m42.311s. Reigning Italian Formula 3 champion Cesar Ramos and Robert Wickens rounded out the top three for Fortec and Carlin respectively.

"I did two days of tests in Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the end of 2010, at this very same circuit, but that was the last time that I drove this car," said Ramos. "We are satisfied with the level of performance, especially as the field is unbelievably competitive. We have been working well together with Alexander Rossi, and we are both quick, which is a good sign for the future."

BVM Target's Daniel Zampieri was absent through illness, but is expected to return at the forthcoming Barcelona test, which starts next Tuesday.

Morning session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Daniel Ricciardo ISR 1m42.237s 25 2. Alexander Rossi Fortec 1m42.401s + 0.164s 39 3. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m42.558s + 0.321s 34 4. Cesar Ramos Fortec 1m42.575s + 0.338s 35 5. Nelson Panciatici KMP 1m42.624s + 0.387s 39 6. Daniil Move P1 1m42.678s + 0.441s 42 7. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m42.754s + 0.517s 28 8. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m42.926s + 0.689s 34 9. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz 1m42.929s + 0.692s 38 10. Nathanael Berthon ISR 1m42.964s + 0.727s 21 11. Oliver Webb Pons 1m42.986s + 0.749s 34 12. Jean Eric Vergne Carlin 1m43.040s + 0.803s 34 13. Daniel Mckenzie Comtec 1m43.058s + 0.821s 39 14. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m43.074s + 0.837s 29 15. Stephane Richelmi Draco 1m43.092s + 0.855s 56 16. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m43.225s + 0.988s 29 17. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz 1m43.422s + 1.185s 31 18. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz 1m43.501s + 1.264s 25 19. Andre Negrao Draco 1m43.591s + 1.354s 36 20. Daniel de Jong Comtec 1m43.634s + 1.397s 31 21. Sergio Canamasas Epsilon Euskadi 1m43.637s + 1.400s 40 22. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m43.647s + 1.410s 16 23. Ricardo Teixeira BVM Target 1m45.552s + 3.315s 42 Afternoon session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Daniel Ricciardo ISR 1m42.311s 32 2. Cesar Ramos Fortec 1m42.741s + 0.430s 16 3. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m42.783s + 0.472s 32 4. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz 1m42.793s + 0.482s 34 5. Jean Eric Vergne Carlin 1m42.838s + 0.527s 33 6. Nelson Panciatici KMP 1m42.930s + 0.619s 20 7. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m42.932s + 0.621s 34 8. Nathanael Berthon ISR 1m42.944s + 0.633s 31 9. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m42.951s + 0.640s 37 10. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m43.052s + 0.741s 47 11. Daniil Move P1 1m43.110s + 0.799s 20 12. Oliver Webb Pons 1m43.124s + 0.813s 42 13. Andre Negrao Draco 1m43.342s + 1.031s 38 14. Daniel Mckenzie Comtec 1m43.344s + 1.033s 29 15. Stephane Richelmi Draco 1m43.392s + 1.081s 34 16. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz 1m43.469s + 1.158s 30 17. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz 1m43.493s + 1.182s 34 18. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m43.564s + 1.253s 32 19. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m43.841s + 1.530s 16 20. Daniel de Jong Comtec 1m43.852s + 1.541s 21 21. Sergio Canamasas Epsilon Euskadi 1m43.969s + 1.658s 33 22. Ricardo Teixeira BVM Target 1m44.177s + 1.866s 43 23. Alexander Rossi Fortec 1m44.576s + 2.265s 38 
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