Zampieri quickest in FR3.5 testing

Ferrari protege Daniel Zampieri set the fastest time on the opening day of Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Jerez yesterday

Zampieri quickest in FR3.5 testing

The Pons driver waited until the end of the second session before putting in the 1m29.840s that would stand as the day's quickest lap.

"We were on the pace in Barcelona, but a technical problem stopped me putting in a good time," said Zampieri. "Today we worked out a good set-up, and that meant we could confirm [our pace].

"It's a good way to start my collaboration with the Ferrari Driver Academy. I've still got a lot to learn, but I'm 200 per cent motivated."

Fortec's Sten Pentus had been quickest in the morning and took second in combined times, ahead of SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne, who had topped the previous test at Barcelona but was sanguine about being beaten this time.

"Up to now, I've finished all the sessions at the top of the timing chart, and that's encouraging," he said. "We're still exploring many settings on my car and little by little we're getting good results. We know that the performance is there, our next goal is to work on the whole duration of a race."

Keisuke Kunimoto was second for Epsilon Euskadi in the morning and fourth overall, ahead of Junior Lotus driver Nelson Panciatici and Draco's Nathanael Berthon. Kunimoto's team-mate Albert Costa was only able to complete five laps due to discomfort from a hand injury sustained at the previous test.

Sportscar convert Jan Charouz was only 13th overall for P1, but had been quickest for most of the afternoon session until the new tyre runs began at the end.

Alexander Sims stood in at Carlin while Jake Rosenzweig was driving in the GP2 Asia event at Sakhir, and took 12th place.

Julien Jousse was also on substitute duties at Tech 1, where Brendon Hartley was busy with his Red Bull Formula 1 reserve role in Bahrain, and Daniel Ricciardo was unable to drive having injured his hand in a cycling accident. Hartley will fly back from Sakhir to take part in today's session at Jerez.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m29.840s 52 2. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m30.026s + 0.186s 54 3. Jean Eric Vergne SG Formula 1m30.053s + 0.213s 61 4. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m30.186s + 0.346s 93 5. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m30.210s + 0.370s 71 6. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m30.228s + 0.388s 72 7. Victor Garcia KMP 1m30.300s + 0.460s 74 8. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m30.391s + 0.551s 65 9. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m30.404s + 0.564s 58 10. Federico Leo Pons 1m30.448s + 0.608s 68 11. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m30.528s + 0.688s 72 12. Alexander Sims Carlin 1m30.575s + 0.735s 79 13. Jan Charouz P1 1m30.794s + 0.954s 61 14. William Buller Fortec 1m30.838s + 0.998s 74 15. Julian Leal Draco 1m30.887s + 1.047s 65 16. Sergio Canamasas ISR 1m30.983s + 1.143s 56 17. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m30.990s + 1.150s 77 18. Filip Salaquarda ISR 1m31.414s + 1.574s 30 19. Anton Nebylitskyi KMP 1m31.714s + 1.874s 80 20. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m31.775s + 1.935s 71 21. Julien Jousse Tech 1 1m32.024s + 2.184s 57 22. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m33.751s + 3.911s 5 
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