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Carlos Sainz Jr. finished top of the overall practice time sheets as Formula Renault 3.5 returned to Hungary.

The championship leader led both the wet and dry sessions at a packed Hungaroring to produce a dominant performance in his DAMS Racing model.

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However, Sainz Jr. was not the fastest man on track - Oliver Rowland's best time was deleted as it was set just after the red flag halted the session prematurely. The Briton provisionally drops to second.

The Pons Racing model of Oscar Tunjo climbed through the field in the last few minutes to sit third fastest overall while Norman Nato was a strong fourth in the second DAMS model.

Matthieu Vaxiviere was the surprise addition to the top five, improving on his thirteenth place this morning for Lotus. Despite three red flags this afternoon, the Frenchman remained calm to produce a strong performance two months after his maiden series podium.

Pierre Gasly was third fastest but drops to sixth for the same red flag infringement. The inconsistent Arden Motorsport driver now sits one place ahead of ISR's only representative Jazeman Jaafar who was seventh.

Meawhile, Hungary debutant and FIA Formula 3 European title leader Esteban Ocon was eighth for Comtec Racing for his first Friday run in Formula Renault 3.5. Roberto Merhi and Luca Ghiotto settled for the remaining top ten finishes, just behind the Lotus F1 junior.

After missing the morning session, Sergey Sirotkin and Pietro Fantin returned to action to sit thirteenth and fifteenth respectively with the latter almost six seconds slower than Rowland over one flying lap of the Hungaroring.

Nicholas Latifi, who makes his FR3.5 debut this weekend, outpaced his veteran team mate Marco Sorensen to secure the eighteenth fastest time today.

A tough Friday running continued for Marlon Stockinger as the Lotus junior was unable to make his mark on proceedings, placing twenty-third and last.