Carlin’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series team have enjoyed a successful day of testing ahead of this weekend’s seventh round of the season at the Hungaroring. Free practice this morning was a wet affair for Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens however this afternoon the track dried giving the team a clearer indication of standings. Magnussen put the tribulations of Silverstone well and truly behind him, setting the second quickest time of the day. Meanwhile Stevens was also looking strong throughout the second session and finished in 10th.

After a wet Silverstone it seemed conditions were following the championship around as this morning’s Collective Test got underway on a wet track. Keen to learn valuable data both Carlin men made the most of the 1 hour 15 minutes session; with Magnussen spending most of it lying within the top 10 – finishing in seventh overall and Stevens 18th.

With the track drying ahead of this afternoon’s Collective Test the times immediately tumbled as the field scrambled to take advantage of the track time before qualifying tomorrow morning. From the off, Magnussen was fast and had set the quickest time of the session while Stevens was also comfortably lying within the top 10.

Soon enough a battle for position at the top began between Magnussen, Robin Frijns and Arthur Pic. Although Magnussen held on to the top spot in the early stages Pic took the position away as the Carlin man was sitting in the pits having come in for a few quick adjustments.

Stevens rejoined the track after a pit stop himself and immediately began going quicker moving up to seventh position before then setting the fourth fastest time. However the track progressed which saw Stevens lose his position. On his final run the Carlin driver set a storming first sector, the fastest of anyone, before two strong final laps saw him finish the day in a solid 10th place.

Meanwhile Magnussen was still battling for the top spot however this time it was with Alexander Rossi, Antonio Felix da Costa, Marco Sorensen and Jules Bianchi. Despite the Carlin man setting the quickest time, the positions were changing on a lap by lap basis; and as the chequered flag fell it was Bianchi who came out on top with Magnussen a tenth of a second off in second.

Looking ahead to qualifying Magnussen said, ‘The car went well today, it was quick and we had a positive session. We have a little fine tuning for tomorrow’s qualifying but I think we can be strong here. The last time I was here was in a Formula Renault 2.0 car and it’s a lot quicker in the Formula Renault 3.5 car!

‘If it doesn’t rain tonight I think we can go even quicker tomorrow but I’m really enjoying the track and the car feels good.’