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06/03/12
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Renault FR 3.5: Magnussen on pole again
Kevin Magnussen
The second qualifying session was held in the rain for the Renault FR 3.5 series. After a few laps getting to grips with the conditions Sam Bird set provisional pole in 2m 20.517s. The British driver led Kevin Magnussen and Alexander Rossi when the session was neutralized to move Lucas Foresti’s car that was stopped on the track.

Nico Müller and Robin Frijns upped the pressure on Bird in this wet session. The Swiss and the Dutchman swapped provisional pole, but Bird got back in front with a lap in 2m 20.007s. He improved to 2m 19.605s when the red flag was hung out again to move several cars off the track. At that moment Sam Bird was in first place in front of Robin Frijns and Jules Bianchi.

In the final laps, Kevin Magnussen made the most of the conditions and repeated his previous day’s feat with his second pole on the trot in 2m 18.733s. Frijns was second quickest giving a 100% rookie front row.

Kevin Magnussen:  "After my pole in the dry yesterday, I’m very pleased to have set this pole in the rain. For me pole means a lot even if it doesn’t bring me any points. It’s very important. Yesterday, I wasn’t very lucky in the race so I have to make up for that today. If it rains being on pole gives me a big advantage.”

Robin Frijns: “I couldn’t see anything out there! I didn’t even know my position, first or last, I had no idea. It was impossible to see the braking points and as for grip, forget it! It’s great being on the front row and I’ll have to make a good start. If it rains it’s the type of race where you have to avoid the traps to score points.”

Lineup

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind
1. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 2m18.733s +0.000s
2. Robin Frijns Fortec 2m19.431s +0.698s
3. Sam Bird ISR 2m19.605s +0.872s
4. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 2m19.800s +1.067s
5. Lewis Williamson Arden 2m19.801s +1.068s
6. Nick Yelloly Comtec 2m19.999s +1.266s
7. Nico Muller Draco 2m20.139s +1.406s
8. Walter Grubmuller P1 2m20.195s +1.462s
9. Jake Rosenzweig ISR 2m20.477s +1.744s
10. Daniil Move P1 2m20.560s +1.827s
11. Marco Sorensen Lotus 2m20.872s +2.139s
12. Will Stevens Carlin 2m20.962s +2.229s
13. Anton Nebylitskiy RFR 2m20.985s +2.252s
14. Alexander Rossi Arden 2m20.996s +2.263s
15. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 2m21.027s +2.294s
16. Richie Stanaway Lotus 2m21.169s +2.436s
17. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec 2m21.373s +2.640s
18. Arthur Pic DAMS 2m21.752s +3.019s
19. Carlos Huertas Fortec 2m21.832s +3.099s
20. Andre Negrao Draco 2m21.900s +3.167s
21. Nikolay Martsenko BVM Target 2m23.038s +4.305s
22. Zoel Amberg Pons 2m23.060s +4.327s
23. Yann Cunha Pons 2m23.198s +4.465s
24. Giovanni Venturini BVM Target 2m24.742s +6.009s
25. Mikhail Aleshin RFR 2m25.243s +6.510s
26. Lucas Foresti DAMS 2m29.085s +10.352s

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