Pierre Gasly will hope to convert his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 pole position into a home victory when race two at Paul Ricard gets under way this afternoon.

The Frenchman secured Arden Motorsport's first pole since Antonio Felix da Costa's weekend of triumph at the same French circuit last year. The series rookie has seven podium finishes to his credit but is yet to claim a race victory.

Despite this, the eighteen-year-old insists he does not feel pressure to win this season, his first under the guidance of the Red Bull Junior Team.

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"I do not put pressure on myself to win," he told Crash.net before the start of race two. "We need to keep the pace and show what we did yesterday and we should do well in the race. I just have to focus on my start and after that, we will see," he continued.

Winning in the World Series by Renault is not new to the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion; something he says has prepared him well for an FR3.5 campaign.

"Last year, I was often at the front and I know that you have to just focus and not try to think about the win as you lose concentration," he explains. "This morning was definitely an improvement on yesterday and it is good to get the first pole position, it is a big achievement for me and the team."

Race two will take place this afternoon with Carlos Sainz Jr looking to tie up the championship, becoming FR3.5's youngest ever victor. The Spaniard currently holds a thirty-one-point lead over his nearest rival Roberto Merhi.