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Carlos Sainz set the pace as the first collective test of the Formula Renault 3.5 season got under way in Monza.

The Red Bull junior was the leader throughout the morning session, setting a 1:34.207 to remain fastest. As the Spaniard continued to improve his times, the remaining drivers battled for second. Marlon Stockinger built on his impressive pre-season form to finish second overall, one tenth-of-a-second behind the leader, in his Lotus model.

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Zoel Amberg's last minute pace was enough to secure him a surprise third. The Swiss driver's team mate, Beitske Visser was twentieth in the second AV Formula, two and a half seconds behind the leader. Fresh from his Bahrain F1 testing duties, Sergey Sirotkin also made a last minute dash for the line to finish fourth, with Will Stevens four one-hundredths-of-a-second behind for Strakka Racing.

Following a move from Lotus to Tech 1 Racing for 2014, Marco Sorensen was unable to improve on his time, falling to sixth in the order at the close of the morning session. Pietro Fantin's one-lap pace was enough to secure him seventh overall in his International Draco Racing model. The Brazilian, who put in a surprise showing during pre-season testing, was almost half a second quicker than his rookie team mate, Luca Ghiotto.

Fortec Motorsport's Oliver Rowland was the fastest rookie of the day to sit eighth, closely followed by 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion, Pierre Gasly whilst Norman Nato defended a late surge from Roman Mavlanov to complete the top ten.

Matias Laine could not sustain his early pace and continued to drop down the order, eventually finishing fifteenth overall. Oliver Webb, who returns to FR3.5 for a one-off stint with Pons Racing, sat eighteenth fastest to outpace his rookie team mate, Meindert Van Buuren. The Dutchman completed just three laps following a run into the gravel.

Tech 1 Racing, ISR and Comtec each have one car out on track. Carlin will miss the first round in Monza following financial problems. The remaining 21 cars will return to the track for the afternoon session.