Moreau and KTR turn up the heat
Today's two 45-minute testing sessions gave the thirty drivers participating in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 a chance to perfect their knowledge of the Hungaroring before qualifying tomorrow. Guillaume Moreau (KTR), who had already shown good form yesterday, clocked the fastest time of the day, followed by Fairuz Fauzy (Cram Competition).
Scheduled for a 9 a.m. start, the first 45-minute session was effectively a dry-run for qualifying, with conditions similar to those the teams are likely to encounter tomorrow morning. With this in mind, several drivers used one or even two sets of fresh tyres.
On the first run, Guillaume Moreau set the standard, but his time was quickly beaten by Fairuz Fauzy, the first driver to dip under the 1'33'' mark. Moreau came back strongly with his second set of tyres, however, with a lap timed at 1'32''375.
The afternoon session, which was disrupted by a number of red flags, saw no improvement in times. But KTR once again topped the timing screens, this time thanks to Bertrand Baguette. "I still couldn't take part this morning because of my brake problems, but the problems were finally solved in time for the second session," explains the Belgian driver. "But the red flags were a hindrance to me, as they were to everyone else. I managed to get a clear lap in, which gave me the best time, but it doesn't mean a lot. In any case, our setup is excellent, I have a good feeling about the car and I think we can expect to do very well tomorrow."
And so it was Guillaume Moreau who took the best time overall: "It's nice to be up among the leaders again! I've felt really good since yesterday morning, and the car is in great shape thanks to the work the team has put in. Everything went perfectly when we put on our fresh tyres this morning. But I still think I can do better. This afternoon, we stuck with old tyres, as we decided to concentrate on our race setup."
Second-placed Fairuz Fauzy has high hopes for the weekend: "I'm happy to have got back into the swing of things so quickly after such a long break," said the Malaysian driver. "For the first time since the beginning of the season I feel totally ready going into qualifying. I feel like we can get a really good result here."
Filipe Albuquerque (Epsilon Euskadi), Marco Bonanomi (RC Motorsport) and Alvaro Barba (Draco Racing) continued where they left off yesterday, all three again finishing in the top 5. And after a difficult first day, Ben Hanley (Prema Power Team) was all smiles again after clocking the sixth-fastest time: "I couldn't get a meaningful lap in yesterday, as my run on fresh tyres was stopped by the red flags. Today I managed two fast laps, even though there were interruptions again. I could have gone faster if I'd done more laps, but it could've been a lot worse."
Once again, the championship leaders struggled to make an impact. Alvaro Parente (Tech 1 Racing) took the eighth-fastest time of the day, but Sebastian Vettel (Carlin Motorsport) couldn't do any better than 15th: "The potential is there, but it's almost impossible to get a clear lap in."