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Carlos Sainz (Zeta Corse) eclipsed everyone as he made his Formula Renault 3.5 Series return in collective testing at the Hungaroring on Friday. The Spaniard posted the day’s quickest time ahead of Sergey Sirotkin (ISR) and William Buller (Zeta Corse), while the Danish duo of Marco Sorensen (Lotus) and Kevin Magnussen (DAMS), who dominated the morning session, came in fourth and fifth respectively.

The Formula Renault 3.5 Series field was out in force in Hungary following an eight-week summer layoff, with points leader Kevin Magnussen getting straight back into the groove and quickly setting a time for the rest of the pack to beat in the morning session, which was interrupted half an hour in when Mikhail Aleshin (Tech 1 Racing) and Norman Nato (DAMS) triggered a red flag.

After the appearance of the green flag Kevin Magnussen bettered his time twice only for compatriot Marco Sorensen to take the morning’s honours in the final seconds with a lap of 1:29.574. Following the Danish drivers on the timesheets were Carlos Sainz, Nico Muller (International Draco Racing) and Will Stevens (P1 by Strakka Racing).

Red Bull Junior Team members Carlos Sainz and Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham) dominated proceedings at the start of the afternoon, with Stoffel Vandoorne then going faster at the midway point. Twelve minutes from the chequered flag it was Sergey Sirotkin’s turn to go in front.

Carlos Sainz replied three minutes from the close with a time of 1:29.185, one that nobody was able better on account of the session being cut short by a red flag caused by Kevin Magnussen. Taking second on the timesheets behind the Spaniard was Sergey Sirotkin, with William Buller, Marco Sorensen and Kevin Magnussen completing the day’s top five.

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 13 September 2013
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