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The Formula Renault 3.5 series drivers were greeted by pouring rain. They shod wet weather tyres and the session was immediately interrupted by the red flag as the track was flooded.

After a 30-minute storm the weather began to improve and the session restarted. Robin Frijns, Sam Bird and Jules Bianchi set the pace on the wet track whose grip improved as they reeled off the laps. Thus, the hierarchy kept on changing even if the first two in the championship seemed to be a cut above their rivals early on.

As the majority of drivers pitted half-way through the session, Nick Yelloly topped the time sheets in 2m 09.593s from Frijns, Antonio Felix de Costa, Jules Bianchi and André Negrao with Bird back in sixteenth place.

Nobody improved on their second set of tyres and the positions up front remained frozen. Yelloly set his maiden pole in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series from Frijns, de Costa and Bianchi. Bird could do no better than sixteenth.

Nick Yelloly: “I love rain and I think everybody knows this now because I’ve won two races on wet tracks! You had to set a good time with the first set of tyres, which I did. It’s my first pole in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series – it’s perfect! We were quick yesterday in the dry and the car works well in the wet so I’m feeling pretty optimistic for the race.”

Robin Frijns: “I set my time with my first set of tyres; it was impossible to improve with the second. The car’s good and the main thing for me is to be on the front row in front of Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird. Wet or dry it’s all the same to me as I know we have a quick car in all conditions. It’s up to me to adapt.”

The Formula Renault 3.5 series drivers were greeted by pouring rain. They shod wet weather tyres and the session was immediately interrupted by the red flag as the track was flooded.

After a 30-minute storm the weather began to improve and the session restarted. Robin Frijns, Sam Bird and Jules Bianchi set the pace on the wet track whose grip improved as they reeled off the laps. Thus, the hierarchy kept on changing even if the first two in the championship seemed to be a cut above their rivals early on.

As the majority of drivers pitted half-way through the session, Nick Yelloly topped the time sheets in 2m 09.593s from Frijns, Antonio Felix de Costa, Jules Bianchi and André Negrao with Bird back in sixteenth place.

Nobody improved on their second set of tyres and the positions up front remained frozen. Yelloly set his maiden pole in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series from Frijns, de Costa and Bianchi. Bird could do no better than sixteenth.

Nick Yelloly: “I love rain and I think everybody knows this now because I’ve won two races on wet tracks! You had to set a good time with the first set of tyres, which I did. It’s my first pole in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series – it’s perfect! We were quick yesterday in the dry and the car works well in the wet so I’m feeling pretty optimistic for the race.”

Robin Frijns: “I set my time with my first set of tyres; it was impossible to improve with the second. The car’s good and the main thing for me is to be on the front row in front of Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird. Wet or dry it’s all the same to me as I know we have a quick car in all conditions. It’s up to me to adapt.”

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 29 September 2012
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