Daniel Abt, Lotus GP

Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt secures maiden pole in Germany

Qualifying for Round 5 of the GP3 Series in Hockenheim was a closely fought contest but it was home favourite, Daniel Abt who came out on top and achieved his first pole of his rookie season!

After rain had fallen on Friday, conditions for qualifying were dry and warm with dark clouds hovering over the circuit threatening to spoil the party. Germany’s Abt was first onto track as the field set their installation laps. After ten minutes, it was Series leader Mitch Evans heading the timings over Antonio Felix Da Costa and Giovanni Venturini.

Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas went P1 at the midway point with Abt up to P2 until his Lotus GP teammate Conor Daly put in a flier to go top. There was a spectacular moment for Dmitry Suranovich who after running wide, was sent briefly airborne but the Russian was able to continue on with his qualifying lap unscathed.

Daly further improved on his laptime to enhance his advantage at the front but Evans soon put a stop to that with three minutes remaining to claim provisional pole. With all the local support behind him, Abt was a man on a mission to please his fanbase and produced a laptime of 1:31.961, to secure pole position in his homeland and become the only driver to break into the 1.31s barrier.

Evans will join Abt on the front row with Daly and Ellinas on row two. Aaro Vainio qualified fifth but will line up in 15th place after a ten place grid penalty from Silverstone. Felix Da Costa was P6, ahead of David Fumanelli and Patric Niederhauser. Marlon Stockinger qualified P9 but like Vainio has a ten place grid penalty. Kevin Ceccon completes the top ten.

Race 1 takes place later today at 17.20pm.

Qualifying

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:31.961

16

2. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:32.191

14

3. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:32.267

15

4. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:32.381

16

5. Aaro Vainio* Lotus GP 1:32.551

14

6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:32.564

13

7. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:32.658

14

8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.689

12

9. Marlon Stockinger* Status Grand Prix 1:32.773

14

10. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:33.010

14

11. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 1:33.079

12

12. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:33.079

15

13. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:33.089

13

14. William Buller Carlin 1:33.115

12

15. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.133

13

16. Lewis Williamson Status Grand Prix 1:33.263

13

17. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:33.347

13

18. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:33.583

15

19. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:33.861

16

20. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:34.035

14

21. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:34.258

15

22. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:34.270

16

23. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:34.756

14

24. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:36.073

14

*Grid penalty of 10 places