Jean-Eric Vergne to the fore SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne, who has scored four successive pole positions and three consecutive wins this season, confirmed his current form by setting the fastest time in collective testing at Nurburgring today.
Jean-Eric Vergne to the fore
SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne, who has scored four successive pole positions and three consecutive wins this season, confirmed his current form by setting the fastest time in collective testing at Nurburgring today. While Motopark Academy's Antonio Felix da Costa set the fastest time of the morning, the Frenchman went one better at the start of the afternoon. He finished the session ahead of Motopark Academy's Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Epsilon Euskadi's Albert Costa.
The track was still cool when the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers got under way. Jean-Eric Vergne was the first to make his mark. The French driver went straight to the top of the leader board, his times improving lap after lap.
However, it wasn't long before Motopark Academy's drivers made an assault on the time sheet. Antonio Felix da Costa snatched the lead with a time of 2'00"545 ahead of teammate Marco Sorenson. Vergne soon reclaimed control of the first session of the weekend shortly before of Epsilon Euskadi's Carlos Munoz crashed, causing the session to be red-flagged.
With the session under way once more, Vergne continued to make progress. The French driver was the first to set a time of less than 2 minutes, lapping in 1'59"488. The end of the session belonged to Motopark Academy. Da Costa set the fastest lap of the morning with a time of 1'59"253 ahead of teammate Adrain Quaife-Hobbs. Verge meanwhile was third, ahead of Kevin Magnuessen for Motopark Academy and Albert Costa.
The afternoon got off to a flying start. In the first six minutes, the lead continued to change hands when Carlos Munoz set a time of 1'59"779 to give himself a comfortable advantage over Quaife-Hobbs and Costa. On from, Costa took control of the second session. The Spaniard spent the lion's share of the session in the lead, but was disappointed at the very end of the session when Vergne knocked him of the top of the timesheet.
The Frenchman put in the best performance of the day with a time of 1'59"120 ahead of Costa in second, Qauife-Hobbs, da Costa and Motopark Academy junior Luis Derani, who celebrates his sixteenth birthday in just a few weeks.
Jean-Eric Vergne: "Collective testing went well. We worked hard, we tried various solutions and we tried to get everything in place for tomorrow. When I got out of the car this afternoon, I wasn't expecting to have set the best time, but we all know that collective testing doesn't necessarily reflect what happens in qualifying. We are in a strong position right now, but things change so we need to keep stay focused without letting the results go to our head."
Albert Costa: "We were on the pace, but that's going to be put to the test once again this weekend. We have a few changes to make for tomorrow, but I'm quietly confident. We need to find a way of stopping Jean-Eric Vergne, who is really starting to find his feet and is getting some good results. We're on form, we should get at least one pole position tomorrow."
Antonio Felix da Costa: "This morning went very well, but we tried a new setup in the afternoon, which wasn't necessarily a great idea. We know what we need to do make our car a success tomorrow. Between Eurocup and NEC I'm going to be spending a lot of time in this car. The key is not to make the slightest error, as I'm playing to win in both championships!"