Pierre Gasly claimed his fourth podium of the Formula Renault 3.5 season with a second place finish at the Moscow Raceway on Sunday.

Following his success in race two, the Red Bull junior insisted that his Arden Motorsport model was pushed to its limits as an ever-improving Roberto Merhi took his first lights-to-flag victory for Zeta Corse.

"I couldn't do more", he conceded post-race. "I got a good start before having a hard opening lap battling with Richie Stanaway", he continued noting his jump from third to second in the early stages.

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Unable to catch a seemingly invincible Merhi in the Russian capital, the Frenchman kept a consistent Stanaway at bay to maintain second.

"I pushed to catch Roberto but we didn't have the pace needed to race for the win", he continued. The Frenchman would greet the chequered flag six seconds adrift of his fellow series rookie but will add eighteen points to his championship tally.

Gasly was able to come back fighting on the Sunday after a gearbox issue saw him finish race one outside the points in eighteenth. As a result, Carlos Sainz Jr's title advantage has now been reduced to just thirty-three points with six more races still to contest this season.

"This makes up for yesterday's frustration where I remained blocked on the grid but I will try to do even better at the Nurburgring!", he concluded.

Formula Renault 3.5 will return to the historic German track for its sixth round in two weeks time.