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Matthieu Vaxiviere remained on the top spot for Lotus, leading the collective Formula Renault 3.5 practice times in Jerez, Spain.

The Frenchman was the fastest on track on Friday morning, negotiating the foggy conditions. Once the sun came out in Jerez in the afternoon, the teenager could not be caught. His success on the Spanish tarmac ensures that Lotus has topped the Friday timesheets for two weeks in succession.

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In a return to form, William Buller put a mixed season behind him to remain second fastest for Arden Motorsport, just three tenths-of-a-second behind the pace-setter. Buller and his Arden team mate Pierre Gasly were separated by Finland's Matias Laine. The Strakka Racing driver was third overall.

Sergey Sirotkin was fifth fastest for Fortec Motorsports, posting the same time as International Draco Racing's Pietro Fantin. Pons Racing's Meindert Van Buuren was a surprise addition to the top ten while Marlon Stockinger crossed the line half a second slower than his Lotus team mate Vaxiviere for eighth.

Championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr. needs just six points to clinch the title this weekend but settled for ninth, closely followed by series rookies Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi.

As the fastest time for each driver did not change in the afternoon, Roberto Merhi - Sainz's main rival for championship victory this weekend - sits bottom of the time sheets in twenty-first. The Spaniard is competing in front of his home crowd this weekend.