Robert Wickens in front in second Formula Renault 3.5 session at Paul Ricard

Carlin's title sparring team-mates Robert Wickens and Jean-Eric Vergne again headed the Formula Renault 3.5 collective test times at Paul Ricard this afternoon. In a reversal of this morning's order, championship leader Wickens took the in-house honours

Robert Wickens in front in second Formula Renault 3.5 session at Paul Ricard

Fresh from his maiden Virgin Formula 1 test at Vairano last week, the Canadian moved to the head of the timings with seven minutes of the hour and fifteen minute session remaining. Wickens' effort of 1m52.114s was subsequently lowered to a 1m51.907s, and proved sufficient to edge out Vergne by over a tenth of a second.

Fortec's reigning Italian Formula 3 champion Cesar Ramos ended the afternoon in third spot, 0.022s ahead of Gravity-Charouz racer Brendon Hartley.

Third fastest this morning, Spaniard Albert Costa completed a strong day for Epic Racing with fifth place in the second session.

Czech team ISR opted to run Daniel Ricciardo on used rubber this morning, as the Australian reacclimatised to Formula Renault 3.5 following last week's Italian Grand Prix. The HRT F1 driver improved to sixth place, 0.067s ahead of Ramos' Fortec team-mate Alexander Rossi, having languished in 17th this morning.

In only his second meeting in the category, GP3 graduate Nick Yelloly (Pons) took a respectable eighth.

"I haven't driven on this circuit configuration (Solution 01C V2) at Paul Ricard before, although I have run on part of the track at the back," said Yelloly. "We have had some bad luck at Monza and Spa in GP3, but at the moment my thinking is that I will probably remain in GP3 next season."

Fairuz Fauzy had a frustrating day at Mofaz, suffering with gearbox problems in both sessions.

"I am frustrated to lose so much track time this morning," said Fauzy. "This is not a version of Ricard that I have driven on in GP2. It is such a technical track that is really important to get experience. Unfortunately, [team-mate] Jake Rosenzweig had some problems too, so we are lacking some data ahead of qualifying."

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m51.907s 2. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin 1m52.012s + 0.105s 3. Cesar Ramos Fortec 1m52.276s + 0.369s 4. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz 1m52.298s + 0.391s 5. Albert Costa Epic 1m52.321s + 0.414s 6. Daniel Ricciardo ISR 1m52.430s + 0.523s 7. Alexander Rossi Fortec 1m52.497s + 0.590s 8. Nick Yelloly Pons 1m52.587s + 0.680s 9. Daniil Move P1 1m52.651s + 0.744s 10. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz 1m52.652s + 0.745s 11. Oliver Webb Pons 1m52.675s + 0.768s 12. Daniel Zampieri BVM Target 1m52.695s + 0.788s 13. Stephane Richelmi Draco 1m52.706s + 0.799s 14. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m52.730s + 0.823s 15. Sergio Canamasas BVM Target 1m52.897s + 0.990s 16. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz 1m52.922s + 1.015s 17. Sten Pentus Epic 1m52.930s + 1.023s 18. Nathanael Berthon ISR 1m53.021s + 1.114s 19. Nelson Panciatici KMP 1m53.131s + 1.224s 20. Anton Nebylitskiy KMP 1m53.139s + 1.232s 21. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m53.406s + 1.499s 22. Andre Negrao Draco 1m53.546s + 1.639s 23. Daniel McKenzie Comtec 1m53.646s + 1.739s 24. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m53.888s + 1.981s 25. Daniel de Jong Comtec 1m53.952s + 2.045s 26. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz 1m53.999s + 2.092s 
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