The Formula Renault 3.5 Series moved to Paul Ricard in France this weekend for the penultimate weekend of the 2012 championship. Alexander Rossi was in action with the Arden Caterham team, returning to the circuit on which he scored a race win in the series last year. This year proved difficult for the 21-year-old as he was hit on the opening lap of both races and suffered a problem in the pits in race two, which prevented his chances of a good race finish after two strong qualifying results.
Drivers headed out on Friday morning for the first of the weekend's running in first practice. Alexander was immediately on the pace, setting the third fastest time. In a strong session during which he completed 15 laps of testing, he set his fastest lap in the dying moments to finish third fastest. In the afternoon's second practice, Alexander flew to the top of the timesheets ten minutes into the session. He improved on his time several times throughout and hit the top spot again ten minutes from the end. He finished the session second quickest behind Kevin Magnussen.