Kevin Magnussen dominated the opening Formula Renault 3.5 race at Aragon.
The McLaren junior converted pole position into the lead at the start thanks to some strong defending against fellow front row starter Sergey Sirotkin, and he was never challenged after that.
As Magnussen pulled away to open out what would be a 19-second lead by the finish, Arthur Pic spent most of the race in second after swooping around the outside at the start. However, the Frenchman was reeled in by a charging Will Stevens in the closing stages, and after a couple of errors from Pic late in the race Stevens was able to take second – having started 11th – on the exit of Turn 1 on the final lap.
Sirotkin fought off the advances of Magnussen's DAMS teammate Norman Nato to take fourth. Before the pair were passed by Stevens, Nato had made one failed attempt at taking the place, but Sirotkin was able to keep him under control after that.
Nigel Melker and Christopher Zanella were next up, the latter holding off former championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne and Marco Sorensen to the flag. Sorensen had run fifth in the early laps, but he and Vandoorne both lost places at the end of the seventh lap, which left them stuck towards the bottom of the points for the rest of the race.
Red Bull junior Antonio Felix da Costa, who was sent to the back of the grid after his car ran out of fuel in qualifying, recovered to 13th place and missed out on the points by a little over five seconds. The Arden Caterham driver climbed from 26th to 18th in the first few corners, but from there his progress was slow as he battled in the middle of the pack.
Magnussen's win gives him the lead in the championship, 17 points clear of Vandoorne.
Results - 27 laps:
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Kevin Magnussen DAMS 46m15.323s
2. Will Stevens P1 + 19.933s
3. Arthur Pic AV Formula + 21.266s
4. Sergey Sirotkin ISR + 23.601s
5. Norman Nato DAMS + 24.398s
6. Nigel Melker Tech 1 + 26.094s
7. Christopher Zanella ISR + 34.943s
8. Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec + 35.419s
9. Marco Sorensen Lotus + 36.065s
10. Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 + 37.973s
11. Oliver Webb Fortec + 41.520s
12. N.Martsenko Pons + 42.016s
13. Antonio F. da Costa Arden Caterham + 42.609s
14. Lucas Foresti Comtec + 1m04.474s
15. Yann Cunha AV Formula + 1m15.586s
16. Matias Laine P1 + 1m17.124s
17. Zoel Amberg Pons + 1m18.185s
18. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin + 1m18.934s
19. M.Stockinger Lotus + 1m23.597s
20. Carlos Huertas Carlin + 1m25.368s
21. Daniil Move Comtec + 1m31.909s
22. Matheo Tuscher Zeta Corse + 1m45.147s
Andre Negrao Draco 23 laps
Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham 20 laps
Mihai Marinescu Zeta Corse 17 laps
Nico Muller Draco 0 laps