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Kevin Magnussen led the way on the first day of this week’s two-day World Series by Renault test in Barcelona. Driving for Carlin, the same outfit which housed the Dane in this year’s British Formula 3 championship, Magnussen – who turned 18 last week – topped the timesheets after GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas led the way in the morning.
With surprisingly high ambient temperatures of 27°C (81°F), most felt more comfortably outside than in an air conditioned building for the duration of the test, which ran between 9am and 6pm with a one-hour lunch break.
In the morning, Bottas was on top for Tech 1 Racing as Britain’s Nick Yelloly – in an ISR car - continued his strong run of form by managing second spot, despite regretting a late switch to new tyres. In the afternoon, the quickest lap times had been reduced by over two tenths of a second, with Magnussen a comfortable three tenths up on Walter Grubmüller with 1:33.598.
Britain’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs led temporary Comtec team-mate Lucas Foresti of Brazil in third and fourth spots, with Bottas ending the day in fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Switzerland’s Nico Müller of GP3, driving for Epic Racing.
Formula Renault 3.5 testing continues at 9am local time (BST +1) on Wednesday
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