Formula Renault 3.5 - Magnussen bounces back from controversy with race two win

Kevin Magnussen made up for the disappointment of his race one exclusion to take victory in the second Formula Renault 3.5 race at Paul Ricard in France.

Formula 1 - Magnussen fastest on day three at Jerez

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Kevin Magnussen

The McLaren junior controlled the race from pole position, clearing off into the distance in the early laps before managing his lead at around five seconds from then on.

Behind him, Nico Muller came home as best of the rest, having taken advantage of an early pitstop to jump Marco Sorensen and Antonio Felix da Costa - both of whom had slightly slow stops.

Sorensen had run second early on, fending off da Costa after the Red Bull junior had got past Muller for third in the early corners.

But the Dane lost out when his team struggled to change the left rear wheel, and he rejoined fifth with Nigel Melker getting past him as well.

Sorensen launched a few attacks on Melker in the closing laps but could not find a way through, while ahead of them Muller had da Costa covered throughout the second stint of the race.

Sixth place went to 2010 champion Mikhail Aleshin, who used a clever strategy to find clear track and climb from 12th on the grid.

While Magnussen's exclusion from race one meant it was impossible for him to seal the title this weekend, a retirement for title rival Stoffel Vandoorne means he carries a 43-point lead to the Barcelona finale with 50 points still available.

Vandoorne had a race to forget, dropping from seventh to ninth at the start and eventually falling out of the points after a couple of offs at the chicane on the backstraight before he brought his troublesome car into the pits to retire.

Race two results:

1. Kevin Magnussen DAMS 47:24.323

2. Nico Muller Draco +5.550s

3. Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham +9.964s

4. Nigel Melker Tech 1 +14.129s

5. Marco Sorensen Lotus +14.544s

6. Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 +17.813s

7. Arthur Pic AV +23.004s

8. Will Buller Zeta +23.827s

9. Norman Nato DAMS +24.122s

10. Marlon Stockinger Lotus +29.962s

11. Andre Negrao Draco +35.846s

12. Nikolay Martsenko Pons +42.421s

13. Will Stevens P1/Strakka +43.676s

14. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin +44.536s

15. Zoel Amberg Pons +44.702s

16. Matias Laine P1/Strakka +48.679s

17. Lucas Foresti SMP/Comtec +48.807s

18. Carlos Huertas Carlin +50.738s

19. Christopher Zanella ISR +51.406s

20. Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham +52.117s

21. Daniil Move SMP/Comtec +52.665s

22. Oliver Webb Fortec +1m04.611s

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