Briton tops red flag shortened qualifying
Jack Aitken has taken his second pole position of the season with a fine lap late in this morning’s GP3 Series qualifying session at the Hungaroring, grabbing the top spot just before a red flag brought proceedings to a halt two minutes early ahead of ART teammates George Russell and Nirei Fukuzumi.
The Renault development driver stopped the clocks at 1:31.754, claiming pole by almost two tenths from his disappointed rivals, who will be ruing their luck at not getting their quickest laps in before the session was brought to a halt alongside Arjun Maini’s stopped car on the front straight.
All of the field were straight out on track when the green lights came on, and the warm and sunny conditions meant that the times were soon tumbling: Aitken set the first competitive time but was soon sharing the top spot with his teammates as Fukuzumi, Anthoine Hubert and Russell swapped it between them.
With all of the teams running at the recent test here most of the grid were able to put together a competitive lap, with Raoul Hyman setting quickest sectors but not quite able to string them together, and Dorian Boccolacci also pushing them hard all session long.
5 minutes from the end Aitken drove a great lap to take provisional pole, but more was expected from his rivals: unfortunately for them Arjun Maini was struck by mechanical gremlins and pulled over at turn 1, bringing out the yellow flags before re-starting again, only to grind to a halt just out of the final corner, bringing out the red flags with 2 minutes remaining.
The decision was made to close the session early, to the disappointment of everyone outside of the top 3: Boccolacci, Hubert, Giuliano Alesi, Nico Kari, Kevin Joerg, Alessio Lorandi and Tatiana Calderon will all have expected more, and will be looking to demonstrate their pace in this afternoon’s race 1.
Provisional Qualifying Classification
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:31.754
12
2.
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:31.936
12
3.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:32.009
12
4.
Dorian Boccolacci
Trident
1:32.307
13
5.
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:32.308
12
6.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:32.435
12
7.
Niko Kari
Arden International
1:32.438
13
8.
Kevin Jörg
Trident
1:32.647
12
9.
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.701
12
10.
Tatiana Calderon
DAMS
1:32.738
14
11.
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:32.795
12
12.
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
1:32.800
13
13.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.880
12
14.
Marcos Siebert
Campos Racing
1:32.956
11
15.
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
1:33.090
10
16.
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
1:33.269
12
17.
Bruno Baptista
DAMS
1:33.274
12
18.
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
1:33.427
11
19.
Matthieu Vaxivière
DAMS
1:33.615
12