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                       27/10/09 - Motorland Aragon – Collective testing
                       At Renault Sport Technologies’ initiative, the top three drivers of the Eurocup Formula
                       Renault 2.0 championship, together with the winners of the different Formula Renault
                       2.0 national championships were invited for a day’s collective testing behind the wheel
                       of a Formula Renault 3.5. Winners of British, Spanish, Italian and Japanese Formula 3
                       championships were also invited to the party. It was Kevin Magnussen who gave the
                       best performance of the day. The afternoon saw Antonio Felix da Costa claim the
                       fastest lap time.

                       The season has been long and nail-biting for everyone, and yet the drivers are already preparing
                       2010. For the winners of the Formula Renault 2.0 championships, the process begins today with
                       a test aboard a Formula Renault 3.5. Albert Costa, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 winner, will join
                       proceedings on Thursday aboard an Epsilon Euskadi car, the team with which the Spaniard will
                       be competing next season in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

                       Jean-Éric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa, respectively runner-up and third place drivers in
                       this season’s Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, were out on track today. Vergne was driving a Mofaz
                       Fortec Motorsport car and da Costa was with the P1 Motorsport team with whom he has already
                       tested last year.

                       Formula Renault 2.0 French champion Nathanaël Berthon got his first taste of Formula Renault
                       3.5 Series with Tech 1 Racing. Daniel Mancinelli, Formula Renault 2.0 Italian champion, was
                       driving with International Draco Racing, while Nico Muller, winner of the Swiss championship, was
                       with Prema Powerteam. Dean Smith, Formula Renault 2.0 UK winner, is taking part in these tests
                       with Comtec Racing, Finnish champion Jukka Honkavuori goes with RC Motorsport and the
                       leader of the Formula Renault 2.0 Chinese championship, Luis sa Silva, is driving in the
                       Interwetten.com Racing team. Lastly, the runner-up and third placed drivers from Formula
                       Renault 2.0 NEC, behind Antonio Felix da Costa, Kevin Magnussen is in a Pons Racing seat and
                       Marco Sorensen is with RC Motorsport.

                       F3 drivers were also invited to the session. Daniel Ricciardo, British F3 winner, was driving today
                       with Carlin Motorsport, the team with which he was crowned champion this season. Celso
                       Miguez, Spanish F3 champion, was in the hands of team KMP Group / SG Formula. Finally, the
                       Japanese F3 runner-up, Takuto Igushi, took at seat with Pons Racing.

                       The drivers buckled down to an intense morning's work, upping the pace little by little and getting
                       as many laps under their belts as they could. Marco Sorensen and Kevin Magnussen were quick
                       to set the pace. Antonio Felix da Costa joined in the battle for the quickest lap time. Kevin
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                       Magnussen eventually clocked the fastest lap of the morning with a time of 1’43’ 609, ahead of
                       Antonio Felix da Costa, Marco Sorensen and Daniel Ricciardo. The drivers all applied
                       themselves to the task at hand, with an impressive average of forty laps completed per driver.

                       In the afternoon, Greg Mansell (Mofaz Fortec Motorsport), fresh from a season in the discipline,
                       led for most of the session, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. However, the situation changed when the
                       new rubber came out as the end of the session drew closer. Antonio Felix da Costa seized his
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                       opportunity to stand out from the group. Lapping in 1’43’ 935, he claimed the quickest time of the
                       afternoon, ahead of Greg Mansell, Daniel Ricciardo, Dean Smith and Nathanaël Berthon.

                       Quote, unquote:

                       Kevin Magnussen: “The first time you press the accelerator, you say to yourself: OK, this is
                       another world! Everything is more effective – the braking, acceleration, road holding, grip… You
                       need time to get used to it, but I felt comfortable pretty quickly. We’ve done some very good
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                       short of the limit. I’m very interested by the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. I just need to get the
                       budget together!“

                       Daniel Ricciardo: “I already knew the car, but this is my first experience of the track. I’m going
                       to be driving all week with Carlin Motorsport. Today I wanted to get as much driving under my belt
                       as possible to get my bearings. We’re going to work on the different set-ups tomorrow.”

                       Jean-Éric Vergne: “The car was completely new to me this morning when I joined the Mofaz
                       Fortec Motorsport team. I felt at ease in the car very quickly though. This afternoon, I switched to
                       team KMP Group SG Formula. With the new tires I pushed harder. I got a good lap in just before
                       crashing out. It’s all part of the learning curve. I’ll be behind the wheel again tomorrow.”

                       Nathanaël Berthon: “I’m pleased how today went. The Formula Renault 3.5 is a lot better
                       suited to my size and I really felt comfortable. We did some good work with the team, and they
                       helped me make progress. The Formula Renault 3.5 Series is my first choice for next season.”

                       Daniel Mancinelli: "I spent the first few laps getting used to the car and the circuit... that wasn’t
                       simple. I drove a good thirty laps and there was lots to learn - I’ve learned so much today. We did
                       a lot of work on the telemetry. I’ll be back tomorrow and looking to up the pace.”

                       Dean Smith: “It was a fantastic experience driving this car, with a team like Comtec Racing. I
                       learnt stuff every single lap. I really didn’t want it to end! We haven’t made any decisions for next
                       season. I'm going to test again this winter before taking my decision.”

                       Marco Sorensen: “I’m really pleased with these tests. Formula Renault 2.0 wasn't really suited
                       to my style of driving, but here I felt right straight away. Renault Driver Development will decide
                       what’s in store for me in 2010 but I must say I’ve taken a liking to this single-seater.”

                       Nico Müller: “I drove quite a bit this morning, we got a lot of laps in. I did make a mistake on the
                       new tires, but overall we’re happy. I’d never driven anything other than Formula Renault 2.0, so
                       naturally I’m impressed by this car. It was a terrific experience.”

                       Takuto Iguchi: “This car is very interesting to drive. I’m not used to driving a single-seater that's
                       got so much power and grip. Next year I want to drive in Europe. The FR 3.5 Series is definitely
                       one of the disciplines I’m attracted to.”

                       Celso Miguez: “The car is totally different from anything I’ve known! I’m pleased because I
                       managed to make good use of the new tires after driving a lot of laps on old tires. I’m from
                       Galicia but I’ve heard so much about Motorland Aragón lately that I really wanted to discover this
                       circuit.”

                       Jukka Honkavuori: “It’s something very new for me driving this car. Even just getting into the
                       seat, I was impressed by the sheer size of the car! I’m only just 18. I need one more season in
                       Formula Renault 2.0 before I think about Formula Renault 3.5 Series.”

                       Luis sa Silva: "I’d like to thank Renault Sport Technologies for this invitation. It’s a real pleasure
                       to drive such a powerful car. The Formula Renault 2.0 Chinese championship isn’t over yet. I’m
                       the leader right now and I hope these tests aboard a Formula Renault 3.5 will help me win the
                       title!”




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