Arden Motorsport's Pierre Gasly believes his previous experience at the Moscow Raceway could help him secure his first win of the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 season this weekend.

With the fifth round of the championship fast approaching, the series rookie explained that his 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup victory in the capital city has boosted his confidence as he prepares to shorten the forty-three points deficit to fellow Red Bull prodigy and championship leader, Carlos Sainz Jr.

"I was saying the other day, last year in the Renault 2.0 series I was second in Spa and went on to win in Moscow so I hope that I can do the same this year in 3.5 - I was second in Spa four weeks ago and certainly Moscow is a track that I like", he said noting his aptitude for the Russian circuit.

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Yet to secure his first victory, the 2013 FR2.0 champion referenced the many challenges the Moscow Raceway offers and the importance of previous racing experience - the 2.46 mile circuit boasts fifteen turns and a notably lengthy straight.

"It is a different sort of track, one of the tightest we use but I am not really worried about car setup, we have a really good base, a competitive car and we try not to change too much", he explained. "Of course there are not the fast corners that we have on some other tracks but I don't think that will be a problem", he continued, clearly confident ahead of his first run in a 3.5 litre model on the Hermann Tilke designed track.

"This circuit suits my style, you have to be really in control and I think that I am confident of that so I am really looking forward to a very competitive weekend," he concluded.

Sitting second in the title standings, the young Frenchman will need to keep his former FR2.0 Eurocup rival, Oliver Rowland at bay if he is to maintain second in the championship. The Fortec Motorsports driver sits just seven points behind in third.

This weekend will see Formula Renault 3.5 return to Moscow for the first time since 2012. Crowds are expected to gather in their thousands to cheer on home favourite, Sergey Sirotkin in his Fortec challenger whilst Richie Stanaway returns to the helm of the Lotus for a second race weekend, replacing an injured Matthieu Vaxiviere.