William Buller fastest at Alcañiz

Following the opening round held at Monza two weeks ago, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series is competing this weekend at the Motorland Aragón circuit.

William Buller (Arden Motorsport) set best time in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective test. The Englishman led the Red Bull Junior Team drivers, Carlos Sainz Jr (DAMS) and Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport) on the Motorland Aragón circuit. In the morning session, the third championship co-leader, Will Stevens (Strakka Racing), posted the fastest lap.

Following the opening round held at Monza two weeks ago, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series is competing this weekend at the Motorland Aragón circuit. In sunny but gusty conditions, the drivers were fast to head on to the track with Carlos Sainz Jr going quickest early on.

Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) led the way at half-distance, before Pierre Gasly set provisional best time. The winner of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 then saw Carlos Sainz Jr, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) and William Buller all move to the top.

Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin

Photo by: Alessio Morgese

It was however, championship co-leader, Will Stevens clocking a best time of 1:41.970 to dominate Pierre Gasly, William Buller, Oliver Rowland and Carlos Sainz Jr when the chequered flag was waved.

The drivers considerably lowered the times in the opening minutes of the afternoon. The first leader, Meindert van Buuren (Pons Racing) was quickly bested by Jazeman Jaafar (ISR). The Malay led the way until Oliver Rowland went quicker at the half-way point in the session.

The Englishman’s team-mate, Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports, then Nikolay Martsenko (Comtec Racing) set fastest lap ahead of the final sprint. With 10 minutes remaining, Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse) moved to the top of the time sheet, but in the waning seconds, Carlos Sainz Jr then William Buller took over. With a lap of 1:41.222, the Englishman finished ahead of the Spaniard, Pierre Gasly, Roberto Merhi and Nikolay Martsenko at the conclusion of a session where one second covered the top 19 drivers.

William Buller: “It was a good day, without a single problem. The morning session went well despite the conditions. The car was excellent on the final run; but we could have improved even more. The team did a really good job. Tomorrow, we will need to obtain a good balance with the car and I have to concentrate on the start. It is something that I have worked a lot since Monza.”

Sergey Sirotkin: “We really didn’t show the speed we had during the winter tests. The wind unsettled me a little during the first session, but we double our effort for it to better in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we went for new tyres a little too early. I really feel we are a lot closer than the times show.”

Will Stevens: “It was good to first this morning. We have worked enormously hard since Monza to improve our pace on one lap. We managed to accomplish this in the opening session. Alas, the wind was really tricky today. In the afternoon, I wasn’t able to put in an ideal lap, but it was a positive day and I am sure that we will be competitive tomorrow.”

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Jazeman Jaafar , Will Stevens , Roberto Merhi , Nikolay Martsenko , Matthieu Vaxiviere , Sergey Sirotkin , Pierre Gasly , Oliver Rowland , Meindert van Buuren
Teams Strakka Racing , DAMS
Article type Testing report
Tags alcaniz, sergey sirotkin, william buller, wsr