Roberto Merhi insists that the Formula Renault 3.5 championship fight is "not over yet" as he looks to close the gap to Carlos Sainz Jr at Paul Ricard.

A top seven finish for Merhi will force the title decider to the final round at Jerez in two weeks time. After his compatriot Sainz Jr's race one victory on the French tarmac, the Spaniard trails by thirty-one points with three races remaining.

"I can score points tomorrow for sure," he told post-race. "Everything isn't over yet, we still have three races ahead in the championship so let's see what we can do."

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The Caterham FP1 recruit finished fifth in race one in fifth place finish, curtailing his chances of securing seven consecutive podiums since Moscow in June.

"I am not happy with the pace today, I am not sad, it is normal. For sure, we can improve a few things on the car."

When asked what championship victory would mean for his future in single-seater racing, Merhi was characteristically coy, simply explaining that "it would be an important success so we try our best."