ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries fastest in Hungarian qualifying
McLaren protégé and ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries produced the goods in qualifying today by posting the quickest lap in the dying seconds to claim his first GP3 pole. The Dutchman clocked a laptime of 1:32.979 which was almost half a second faster than Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry who had been sat pretty at the top of the timesheet. Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was third after leading the qualifying battle early on.
Very hot temperatures set the scene for the thirty minute qualifying session with Campos Racing’s Alex Palou setting the initial pace. Fuoco was then busy lighting timing screens in purple in sector two and three to go P1 ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Artur Janosz, Jake Dennis and Giuliano Alesi.
ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon was first to dip into the 1m33’s and held a one tenth advantage over Fuoco. The session was briefly red flagged after Steijn Schothorst stopped at Turn 7. When the session resumed, there were just under seven minutes left on the clock remaining and at this point Series leader Charles Leclerc was down in P11.
Ralph Boschung shot to second, a mere 0.026s off Albon before Fuoco found some extra pace to return to the head of the timings. Leclerc also was on the move and was up to P3. But it was Parry who looked racy and he rose to provisional pole with a tenth in hand.
Fuoco tried to his best to respond but he was 0.014s shy of the Brit’s best effort. Dennis was also on the attack as he went third quickest but all eyes were on De Vries as the ART Grand Prix rookie impressively flew to the top of the timesheet by almost half a second.
At the chequered flag, De Vries was overjoyed to pocket his maiden GP3 pole ahead of Parry in second who had his best qualifying result of the season. Fuoco, Dennis, Nirei Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Jack Aitken, Albon, Arjun Maini and Boschung completed the top ten.
Race 1 takes place today at 17.20 (GMT+2).
Qualifying
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:32.979
12
2.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:33.464
14
3.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:33.478
14
4.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:33.548
13
5.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:33.660
14
6.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:33.672
13
7.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:33.682
13
8.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:33.866
12
9.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.874
13
10.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:33.892
13
11.
Kevin Joerg
DAMS
1:33.974
12
12.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:34.017
12
13.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:34.053
13
14.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:34.056
13
15.
Richard Gonda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.114
12
16.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:34.177
12
17.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:34.225
11
18.
Konstantin Tereschenko
Campos Racing
1:34.233
13
19.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:34.322
13
20.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.462
14
21.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:34.520
13
22.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:34.609
12
23.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:34.678
10