Anthoine Hubert clinches maiden pole in Silverstone qualifying

//Anthoine Hubert clinches maiden pole in Silverstone qualifying

Anthoine Hubert clinches maiden pole in Silverstone qualifying

French driver beats ART teammate Mazepin to top spot
Anthoine Hubert secured his first ever GP3 Series pole in Qualifying at Silverstone, Great Britain, clocking in a 1:46.033 to beat ART Grand Prix teammate Nikita Mazepin to the top of the timing boards. Giuliano Alesi of Trident completed the top three, setting his quickest laptime in the dying moments of the session.
As Silverstone’s sunny weather began to cool in the late afternoon, Ryan Tveter brought the running underway followed by Trident teammate Pedro Piquet, and ART pair Jake Hughes and Hubert, and the American set the opening timed lap in the 1m57s during the initial warmup phase. Piquet was the first to set a representative lap – going over ten seconds quicker – before quickly being jostled out of the top by all four ART drivers.
Alessio Lorandi then vaulted above the ART quartet to go first, and a challenge from Niko Kari came to nought after the Finn went wide at Copse corner and lost time. Hughes then pipped Lorandi by fractions of a second, before Tveter went briefly went quickest. Callum Ilott then leapfrogged the Trident driver, and was quickly followed by Hughes – who fell short of his teammate’s time by just one hundredth of a second.
Before the cars pulled into the pits to bolt on fresh tyres, Hubert squeaked ahead of his ART stablemates to collect the first lap time in the 1m46s. After the session’s short hiatus in running, Leonardo Pulcini and Juan Manuel Correa were first to go for runs on their new hard compound tyres – and the former leaped to the top of the standings despite going wide at Copse corner.
Ilott then returned to the top, dispatching Pulcini before he was quickly usurped by Mazepin. The Russian was displaced by Hubert seconds later, who set a 1:46.033 with a trio of purple sectors to leave a solid benchmark heading into the final runs of the session. Mazepin and Ilott improved on their times, but remained second and third as Hubert’s time proved insurmountable. At the chequered flag, Alesi’s fastest first sector wasn’t enough to clear Hubert from provisional pole – the Trident driver ending qualifying in third.
Ilott remained fourth, as Tveter and Lorandi captured the third row for Trident. Dorian Boccolacci was seventh, beating Hughes who was unable to reach the heights of his teammates, as Campos pair Pulcini and Simo Laaksonen rounded out the top ten.
Hubert’s pole brings him to within two points of championship leader Ilott and, with the top 12 all within a second, tomorrow’s Race 1 promises to be an exciting affair.
2018 GP3 Series Round 4 – Silverstone, Great Britain – Provisional Qualifying Results
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:46.033
13
2
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
1:46.135
13
3
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:46.271
13
4
Callum Ilott
ART Grand Prix
1:46.348
13
5
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:46.705
10
6
Alessio Lorandi
Trident
1:46.706
12
7
Dorian Boccolacci
MP Motorsport
1:46.710
13
8
Jake Hughes
ART Grand Prix
1:46.712
13
9
Leonardo Pulcini
Campos Racing
1:46.790
12
10
Simo Laaksonen
Campos Racing
1:46.871
13
11
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:46.907
12
12
Diego Menchaca
Campos Racing
1:46.987
13
13
Joey Mawson
Arden International
1:47.094
12
14
Julien Falchero
Arden International
1:47.145
12
15
Juan Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.159
12
16
David Beckmann
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.187
11
17
Tatiana Calderon
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.233
13
18
Devlin DeFrancesco
MP Motorsport
1:47.304
13
19
Niko Kari
MP Motorsport
1:47.311
11
20
Gabriel Aubry
Arden International
1:47.315
12
2018-07-17T22:55:17+00:00July 6th, 2018|GP 3 Series|