Roberto Merhi celebrated his race one victory this weekend, speaking openly about the struggles of a wet Hungaroring.

The Spaniard won Formula Renault 3.5's first outing since a lengthy summer break, climbing from seventh place on the grid to take top honours. Oliver Rowland, the pole-sitter, eventually settled for third.

"We were not able to run to our potential in qualifying due to a red flag," he explained post-race. "Happily, we made up for that at the start."

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Caterham's latest FP1 recruit was second by the end of the first lap and was quickly closing on Rowland, overtaking the Briton on lap six.

"There was a lot of water spray behind Oliver (Rowland) and I wasn't able to see," he continues noting the changing weather conditions at the Hungaroring. "He then made a small mistake that allowed me to get by".

Merhi had built up a 29 second lead over second placed Pierre Gasly by the time the chequered flag signalled the end of race one, the third time he has won this season.

"Afterwards, I was able to pull away while taking care of my tyres because this track is very demanding when it comes to tyre wear, especially in drying conditions."

The Zeta Corse driver will return to the track tomorrow for Sunday morning qualifying. Only one driver, the current championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr, has secured back-to-back victories this year.