Aaro Vainio, Lotus GP.

Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio dominates Hungary weekend

Finland’s Aaro Vainio is enjoying the Hungaroring this weekend. Fastest yesterday in Free Practice and again today to claim pole in dominant style! The Lotus GP driver broke the circuit record en route to the front of the grid and has clawed back points on Series leader Mitch Evans. Antonio Felix Da Costa and Evans line up second and third.

The 30 minute qualifying session got underway with searing track temperatures of 34 degrees under clear blue skies. Once the installation laps were set, Buller was leading the way until Evans shot to P1. Vainio went quickest with Felix Da Costa rising to P2, ahead of David Fumanelli at the midway point.

Marlon Stockinger recorded the fastest time of the morning to take provisional pole whilst the cars returned to the pitlane to change tyres. The shootout for pole got underway with Evans reclaiming back his position at the top of the timings until Vainio set a blistering lap which broke the previous lap record which was 1:36.763, previously held by our reigning GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas. The Finn’s best laptime was over half a second quicker: 1:36.052 with the Lotus GP driver setting the fastest three sectors of all the drivers, but not all on the same lap, the only thing missing from his checklist today!

Felix Da Costa split Vainio and Evans to qualify second on the grid whilst a late effort from Fumanelli promoted the Italian to fifth place. The top ten finished as Vainio, Felix Da Costa, Evans, Stockinger, Fumanelli, Daniel Abt, Conor Daly, Kevin Ceccon, Matias Laine and Patric Niederhauser.

Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today.

Qualifying

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:36.052

14

2. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:36.301

13

3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:36.381

11

4. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:36.478

14

5. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:36.541

13

6. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:36.569

14

7. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:36.783

14

8. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:36.807

10

9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:36.866

12

10. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.867

15

11. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.967

15

12. William Buller Carlin 1:37.065

13

13. Lewis Williamson Status Grand Prix 1:37.066

14

14. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 1:37.264

11

15. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.282

12

16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:37.612

13

17. Facu Regalia Atech CRS GP 1:37.625

12

18. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.661

13

19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:37.730

14

20. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:37.882

12

21. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.528

16

22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:38.560

14

23. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.671

16

24. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:38.706

13

25. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:38.974

13

26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.809

15