After six days of collective testing during a studious winter, the competitors of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series returned to competition at the Autodromo di Monza.
The first race of the 2014 Formula Renault season is in the books and Strakka Racing's Will Stevens came away with the victory.
After setting the pace in free practice on Friday, Kevin Magnussen showed once again who was the boss.
Arthur Pic: "I'm pleased to have scored points in both races this weekend."
The F.Renault 3.5 Saturday in Paul Ricard proved to be quite special for Draco Racing, as the Italian team managed to collect two trophies.
On Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Kevin Magnussen edges closer to the title.
Christopher Zanella couldn't go further than P19 and Sergey Sirotkin was forced to retire from the race after two spins.
Carlos Sainz seemed ready to grab a deserved 7th place finish but on last lap he had to park his car trackside due to a front-right suspension issue.
A comfortable win for Kevin Magnussen, who took the chequered flag five seconds in front of Nico Müller.
The spanish team managed by Adrian Valles started their day with a difficult Qualifying session.
The Dane duly delivered at Paul Ricard, winning race one from Antonio Félix da Costa (Arden Caterham) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Fortec Motorsports).
Kevin Magnussen finished second extending his lead in the drivers' championship to 36 points.
Arthur Pic: "That’s when Nigel appeared from nowhere on my left. I didn’t have time to react and my front left wheel touched his right rear."
Draco Racing confirmed on that weekend their potential with a strong showing and a double points finish.
A race incident prevented Arthur Pic from bagging a very good result.
The day saw heavy rain hit the Hungarian circuit before both Qualifying and Race 1.
After starting from row eight on the grid, Nico Muller (International Draco Racing) took the victory from Kevin Magnussen (DAMS) and Sergey Sirotkin (ISR).
Pic will be back in Formula Renault 3.5 action at the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit over the weekend of September 14/15.
Will Buller: "After contesting only two events I'm alredy 10th in the standings, I couldn't ask for more".