DAMS ace denies Vandoorne at the Hungaroring
Reigning GP3 Series Champion Alex Lynn took his first GP2 pole position in today’s qualifying session at Budapest. The Briton set the fastest laptime of the day in a 1:28.022 pipping Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne from the top spot by 0.019s. Arthur Pic completed the top three.
The pitlane opened once again in scorching temperatures. The drivers fed onto the track eager to put their Soft Pirelli tyres to good use. Raffaele Marciello seemed on a mission as he was the first man to dip under 1m29s on his first push lap, but Vandoorne went quicker and moved up to P1. Behind the battling pair, Pic was also working hard to be featured at the top of the standings. As most drivers returned to the pits for fresh rubber, the Frenchman was able to find a clear lap to improve on his laptime, but it was still not enough and he remained P3 as he too returned to the pits.
The DAMS duo were the first ones to re-join the track and Lynn took full advantage of this strategy: on a traffic-free circuit, he found some extra pace to clock in a laptime a hairsbreadth better than Vandoorne. With nine minutes left on the clock, the rest of the pack returned to the track and despite his best efforts, the Belgian driver was unable to improve as Lynn watched Vandoorne’s failed attempts from the DAMS’ pitwall. Another threat came from Marciello as the Italian went green in sector 1 and then purple in sector 2, but lost precious time in the final sector. At the chequered flag, Pic put his head down on his last try and was able to better Marciello’s time to take P3.
But no one smiled wider than Lynn who celebrated his maiden pole with his team. Behind the top three, Marciello, Pierre Gasly, Jordan King, Rio Haryanto, Mitch Evans, Sergey Sirotkin and Nick Yelloly rounded up the top ten whilst title contender Alexander Rossi had to settle for eleventh and will have to fight hard to close the distance with his rivals.
Budapest – Qualifying Session*
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:28.022
11
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:28.041
12
3.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:28.154
13
4.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:28.272
13
5.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:28.361
12
6.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:28.471
12
7.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:28.538
11
8.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:28.608
11
9.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:28.685
11
10.
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:28.782
11
11.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:28.807
11
12.
Nicholas Latifi
MP Motorsport
1:28.940
13
13.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:28.957
11
14.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:29.038
11
15.
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:29.079
11
16.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:29.128
10
17.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.198
11
18.
Nathanaël Berthon
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:29.234
12
19
Sergio Canamasas
Hilmer Motorsport
1:29.315
11
20.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:29.351
11
21.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:29.635
12
22.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:29.641
11
23.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:29.665
11
24.
Sean Gelael
Carlin
1:29.803
13
25.
Rene Binder
Trident
1:29.811
13
*Car #27 Zoel Amberg was unfit to take part in the qualifying session