Robert Wickens continued his superb form at the Nurburgring by topping the second World Series by Renault collective test at the German circuit. The Canadian's benchmark time of 1m45.433s edged out Fortec's Alexander Rossi in second by 0.021sec.
Wickens is just one point behind his Carlin teammate Jean-Eric Vergne at the head of the drivers' championship, but the recently announced Virgin F1 reserve driver has not given any thought to the prize F1 roadshow run in a Renault that is on offer to the points leader after this weekend's German round.
"The first that I have heard about the prize run was today," said Wickens. "I think Carlin has proved that they're an exceptional team today. They analyzed everything after Monaco and, for the first time I can remember, all of the things we tried on the car today worked.
"We got through the whole program that we wanted to and still had 10 minutes at the end of the session just to fool around with. But I would be surprised if Alexander and I maintained such an advantage over everyone in qualifying."
With the exception of a sizable gap behind the top two, the session was tightly contested as the third- to seventh-placed men were covered by just 0.135sec.
ISR's Daniel Ricciardo led the bunch, ahead of his Red Bull Junior stablemate Vergne. The Frenchman caused the session to be red-flagged with a minor off-track moment at the Dunlop Kurve, but later returned to the pits.
"It has been a bit of difficult day, but we know there is time in the car for qualifying," said Vergne. "I had two spins in the quick Turn 5 this morning and damaged my wheels and then this afternoon I went into the gravel. It wasn't a big problem, but I preferred to receive a push from the marshals rather than risk damaging the car by spinning my wheels."
Fresh from scoring Gravity-Charouz's maiden podium finish at Monaco, Brendon Hartley took a competitive fourth. KMP Racing's Nelson Panciatici was 0.031sec ahead of the Kiwi, while Epic Racing's Albert Costa was also in close proximity.