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Strakka Racing's Will Stevens continued his impressive run of form to end the Friday morning practice session fastest in Moscow.

The twenty-two-year-old last negotiated a 3.5 litre model in the Russian capital at this same event back in 2012. The valuable experience paid off, allowing the Caterham Racing Academy driver to post a fastest time of 1:21.961 in the latter stages. Returning racer, Richie Stanaway was just five one-hundredths-of-a-second adrift in second.

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Replacing an injured Matthieu Vaxiviere, who broke his back in Monaco, the Lotus ace put in a strong performance for his former team whilst Norman Nato was third fastest, getting the better off team mate and championship leader, Carlos Sainz Jr who sat fourth.

The nineteen-year-old Spaniard has a forty-three point lead over fellow Red Bull junior, Pierre Gasly who capitalised on his 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup win at the Moscow Raceway to become the highest-placed rookie in fifth.

Meanwhile, the Fortec Motorsports duo were not far behind with home favourite, Sergey Sirotkin and his inexperienced team mate, Oliver Rowland securing sixth and seventh respectively. Pietro Fantin, Matias Laine and Roberto Merhi all finished strongly, claiming the last remaining slots in the top ten.

Will Buller's best time was once again eclipsed by his team mate, Gasly as the British driver could only manage eleventh fastest in practice. Marlon Stockinger was also nine tenths slower than his temporary team mate Stanaway in twelfth.

Russian hopeful, Roman Mavlanov was the highest placed Pons Racing driver in fifteenth whilst two time podium finisher, Jazeman Jaafar could only place the sole ISR model in nineteenth. For a second consecutive weekend, Comtec Racing were absent from racing following Nikolay Martsenko's move to GP3 team, Hilmer.

The twenty remaining cars will return to the track for afternoon practice later today.