GP2 logoRUSSIAN TIME lock out front row in Budapest

Tom Dillmann is a happy boy today: the Frenchman bagged his first ever GP2 pole position in today’s qualifying session at the Hungaroring with a laptime of 1:28.219, a hair’s breadth ahead of teammate Sam Bird. Fabio Leimer took third.

It was still very hot in Hungary when the pitlane opened for today’s qualifying session. Marcus Ericsson was the man who set the early pace dipping under 1m29s with teammate Stéphane Richelmi in tow, both men showing once again how quick reigning champions DAMS are. Jolyon Palmer and Johnny Cecotto also found the pace to break the 1m29s barrier.

But on his first fast lap, Dillmann bettered Ericsson’s laptime by five tenths and claimed the top spot, and little did he know at that point that it was going to be enough to grab pole at the chequered flag. His teammate Bird moved up to second on the same lap but was four tenths slower than the Frenchman, leaving the DAMS pair in P3 and P4.

All the drivers returned to the pits for a set of fresh Soft Pirelli tyres and when the action picked up again, it was all about trying to get as close as possible to Dillmann’s laptime. Felipe Nasr who had only completed two laps in this morning’s free practice session moved up to third. That’s when Fabio Leimer was able to find some extra pace and clocked a laptime that put him second on the timesheet. In the dying minutes of the session, Bird put his head down and bettered the Swiss’ time, but ended 0.07s shy off Dillmann and the pole position.

At the chequered flag, Dillmann was all smiles as he pocketed his maiden GP2 pole and newcomers RUSSIAN TIME enjoyed their first front row lock out. Leimer ended third ahead of Nasr, Ericsson, Richelmi, Palmer, Rio Hayranto, Alexander Rossi and Daniel De Jong.

Budapest – Qualifying Session

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:28.219

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2. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:28.296

11

3. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:28.507

13

4. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:28.679

14

5. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:28.709

12

6. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:28.753

10

7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:28.802

12

8. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:28.826

12

9. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:28.851

14

10. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:28.855

11

11. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:28.927

13

12. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:29.012

10

13. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:29.020

14

14. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:29.128

11

15. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.136

10

16. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:29.206

12

17. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:29.403

15

18. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:29.519

13

19 Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:29.524

12

20. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:29.735

13

21. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.742

14

22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.793

13

23. Dani Clos MP Motorsport 1:29.877

12

24. Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:30.078

13

25. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.251

14

26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 1:31.254

15