Trident’s Luca Ghiotto pockets fourth career pole in Hungaroring
Series leader Luca Ghiotto won the battle for pole position today in a sweltering and hotly contested qualifying session in Hungary. The Trident star clocked a best laptime of 1:34.030 which was just 0.036s faster than Arden International’s Emil Bernstorff who had topped the timesheets earlier on. Mercedes junior and ART Grand Prix rookie Esteban Ocon was third.
The thirty minute session saw track temperatures as high as forty-one degrees as the pack ventured onto the Hungaroring in their quest for pole. Italian Ghiotto was first to lap into the 1m35’s before Ocon dipped into the 1m34’s early on.
Ghiotto responded to the Frenchman by lapping two tenths quicker, whilst Campos Racing’s Alex Palou shot into second, just 0.010s shy off the Trident ace. Bernstorff found some more pace to head to the top of the timesheet, with the top three covered by just 0.022s showing how tough the competition is.
Ghiotto was back into P1 for a brief moment until ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer bettered his time by 0.066s. This was to be short lived as Bernstorff improved yet again, lighting the first sector purple. But nothing was going to stop Ghiotto today: he posted the fastest time in the middle sector and reclaimed pole position taking his third pole of the season. Ocon also improved on his final attempt into third, demoting his teammate Kirchhöfer to fourth.
Behind the Italian at the chequered flag was Bernstorff, Ocon, Kirchhöfer, Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP), Matthew Parry, Alex Palou, Antonio Fuoco (Carlin), Kevin Ceccon and Pal Varhaug (Jenzer Motorsport) completed the top ten.
Similar conditions are expected later for the forty-minute long race at 17.20pm local time.
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:34.030
12
2.
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
1:34.066
15
3.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
1:34.214
12
4.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
1:34.231
12
5.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
1:34.359
15
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:34.522
14
7.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:34.526
14
8.
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
1:34.571
12
9.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
1:34.744
14
10.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.745
13
11.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
1:34.751
14
12.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.766
13
13.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
1:34.873
12
14.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.001
11
15.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:35.008
14
16.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:35.071
15
17.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
1:35.091
14
18.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
1:35.108
14
19.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:35.255
14
20.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
1:36.140
14
21.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
1:36.235
14
22.
Samin Gomez
Campos Racing
1:37.164
13
23.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
1:40.612