ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon takes second pole of the season
Thai rookie Alexander Albon extended his GP3 Series lead by pocketing the four bonus points on offer for pole position. The ART Grand Prix ace clocked a best laptime of 1:28.431 which was 0.078s ahead of his teammate and title rival Charles Leclerc. Arden International’s Jake Dennis achieved his best qualifying result of his debut season with third.
Glorious conditions greeted the paddock at the Hockenheimring ahead of the thirty minute qualifying session for Round 5 of the 2016 season. DAMS and Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci was first to lap under the 1m30’s mark before Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Leclerc lapped half a second quicker to go top.
Albon bettered his teammate’s time by 0.063s to take P1 with Jack Aitken second in the early stages. Koiranen GP’s Ralph Boschung was also on a flier and lapped a mere 0.004s slower than the Thai to go P2. With most drivers returning to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber, the track was almost clear which Matthew Parry took full advantage of. The Briton posted the fastest lap, to take provisional pole, 0.035s ahead of Albon at the midway point.
Campos Racing’s Steijn Schothorst flew to the top of the timesheet and was first to set a laptime in the 1m28’s before Dennis and then Albon lapped quicker to demote the Dutchman to third. Leclerc was outside of the top ten and on one of his last runs; he ran wide and had a small trip through the gravel but was able to continue.
With a few minutes remaining Albon led the pack over Dennis and De Vries but the Monegasque driver found some more pace to rise up the order to grab second position in the dying moments.
At the chequered flag, Albon held on to take his second pole of the campaign ahead of his fierce rival Leclerc. Dennis, De Vries, Antonio Fuoco, Parry, Nirei Fukuzumi, Alex Palou, Schothorst and Aitken completed the top ten.
Race 1 takes place today at 17.15 (GMT+2) as the close fight in the title battle continues.,.
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:28.431
16
2.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:28.509
16
3.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:28.518
15
4.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:28.524
16
5.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:28.618
15
6.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:28.638
15
7.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:28.662
15
8.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:28.838
14
9.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:28.918
14
10.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:28.935
15
11.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:28.944
16
12.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:29.052
14
13.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.076
15
14.
Konstantin Tereschenko
Campos Racing
1:29.107
14
15.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:29.126
14
16.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:29.301
13
17.
Santino Ferrucci
Campos Racing
1:29.311
15
18.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:29.383
13
19.
Kevin Joerg
DAMS
1:29.542
14
20.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:29.665
15
21.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.847
14
22.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:29.895
13