Arden Motorsport's Pierre Gasly is vying for second place in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship as the ninth and final weekend gets underway in Jerez, Spain.

The Frenchman has seven podium finishes to his credit so far this season but is yet to secure his first FR3.5 race victory since stepping up from a victorious Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup campaign this year. A victory this weekend on the famous Spanish testing ground could gift the series rookie with second place in the championship for a Red Bull 1-2.

"They really go together, if I win a race it is a lot more likely that I will be able to take second in the championship," he said ahead of Saturday's morning qualifying session. "Both are important."

Gasly, Arden's main points scorer this year, praised his team, acknowledging their pace this year. The Frenchman has secured three fastest laps while at the helm of car number seven, showing great improvement to close down his opposition in the latter stages.

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"We have a good dynamic going," he said of his team. "We've been consistently on the podium at the last two races so we are going to Jerez quite confident."

Arden Motorsport - known as Arden Caterham in 2013 - is currently sitting third in the constructors' championships, just four points ahead of Zeta Corse and their main finisher Roberto Merhi.

"At least the weather forecast says that it should be dry and we know we have a good car in the dry," the eighteen-year-old continued. "The Arden guys have done a great job all year and we have been consistently quick and so close to winning, just two more opportunities, we will make the best of them."

"For sure we are concentrating on getting pole and then it is up to me to make the best of it."

Gasly finished first practice fourth fastest for the British outfit, seemingly unaffected by the foggy conditions this morning. Gasly and his twenty racing rivals will take to the track Friday afternoon for the second collective test.