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Race one winner Roberto Merhi kept the momentum to clinch his third Formula Renault 3.5 pole for race two in Hungary.

The Spaniard was once again the fastest in mixed conditions, beating out championship rival Carlos Sainz Jr by three tenths-of-a-second on the wet track. Caterham's FP1 recruit improved after changing for slick tyres in the latter stages.

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Red Bull junior Sainz was the early leader but settled for second fastest in the DAMS, four tenths faster than his team mate, Monaco race winner Norman Nato who was a confident third.

Race one pole sitter was down in fourth and over two seconds slower than Merhi for Fortec Motorsports with the Pons Racing duo of Oscar Tunjo and Meindert Van Buuren a surprise fifth and sixth respectively.

Second place in the race yesterday, Pierre Gasly starts in seventh for race two alongside fellow rookie, an ever-improving Luca Ghiotto. The Italian separates the two Arden drivers after William Buller produced one of his best qualifying performances of the year for ninth.

Marco Sorensen, a podium finisher in Monaco this year, starts tenth. His team mate and FR3.5 debutant Nicholas Latifi is eleventh, just two tenths slower than the Dane.

After bringing out the red flag, Esteban Ocon will start his second FR3.5 race at the back of the grid in the Comtec Racing challenger. Ocon and Stockinger were both outside the 110% qualifying benchmark but are still expected to feature this afternoon.

Only twice this year has the man on pole not converted his position to a win but with mandatory pit stops and a threat of rain, Merhi will need to fend off his title rival to clinch back-to-back victories.