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Long time leader of the session, Carlos Sainz Jr topped the Friday morning time sheets in Hungary as Formula Renault 3.5 returns after a lengthy summer break.

The Red Bull junior best negotiated the wet conditions which disrupted much of morning practice at a packed Hungaroring.

Pons Racing's Oscar Tunjo came closest to dethroning the championship leader but settled for second, two seconds behind the DAMS model. The top two were the only racers to drop below the two minute mark in the rain.

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Meanwhile, Fortec Motorsport's Oliver Rowland, currently fourth place in the title hunt, was third fastest.

International Draco Racing's Luca Ghiotto was back on form to post the fourth fastest time after five consecutive finishes outside the points. Just one one-hundredth-of-a-second separated the rookie and FR3.5 veteran Marco Sorensen in fifth.

Caterham FP1 recruit Roberto Merhi, who now sits just 39 points behind Sainz Jr in the championship standings, was sixth for Zeta Corse, closely followed by FIA European F3 title leader and Lotus junior Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman is making his first FR3.5 race appearance with Comtec this weekend.

Will Stevens and Strakka Racing showed significant improvement to their one lap pace to circulate the Hungaroring eighth fastest at the close of the session with Norman Nato and Zoel Amberg completing the top ten.

Making his d?but this weekend, Nicholas Latifi was sixteenth fastest for Tech 1 Racing. The FIA European F3 racer will make four race appearances for the French outfit.

New BRDC member Jazeman Jaafar is the only driver without a team mate on the Hungary grid and settled for nineteenth place in his ISR challenger, just in front of Cameron Twynham in the second Comtec.

Shortly after the first red flag was called, Sergey Sirotkin and Pietro Fantin found themselves stuck on track. Neither driver contested the morning session.