Valtteri Bottas became the first repeat winner of the 2011 GP3 Series season with a controlled victory from pole position in the eleventh round of the year at the Hungaroring.
Bottas built up a decent lead early in the race from pole position, after Michael Christensen jumped from fifth on the grid into second place at Turn 1 as front row starter James Calado defended from Mitch Evans. Calado and Evans would come together at Turn 2, after the young Kiwi tried to take advantage down the inside after Calado ran wide, only to hit Calado as the RSF-backed Briton tried to rejoin the racing line. Evans would go onto retire, while Calado dropped to the back of the field.
In the second half of the race Christensen began closing the gap to Bottas as the Dane chased his first win in GP3, but Bottas responded to take his second win in the space of a week after his maiden series victory in Race 2 at the Nurburgring.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs completed the podium in third place, nine seconds behind the leaders. He held off Alexander Sims, who overcame a disappointing grid position of 11th to move up to fourth on the opening lap.
Nico Muller had put Sims under pressure in the middle of the race, but would be made to settle for fifth. Aaro Vainio came home in sixth after losing a couple of places off the start, just ahead of Lewis Williamson who shot from 15th on the grid. Tom Dillmann finished eighth and claimed the final point and pole position, after holding off Nigel Melker and Rio Haryanto for the duration of the race.
Race results – 16 laps:
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Lotus ART||26:32.020|
|2||Michael Christensen||RSC Mucke Motorsport||0.986|
|3||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Marussia Manor Racing||9.203|
|4||Alexander Sims||Status Grand Prix||9.889|
|5||Nico Muller||Jenzer Motorsport||10.218|
|6||Aaro Vainio||Tech 1 Racing||11.243|
|7||Lewis Williamson||MW Arden||11.522|
|8||Tom Dillmann||Addax Team||15.454|
|9||Nigel Melker||RSC Mucke Motorsport||15.820|
|10||Rio Haryanto||Marussia Manor Racing||16.404|
|11||Tamas Pal Kiss||Tech 1 Racing||26.154|
|12||Antonio Felix da Costa||Status Grand Prix||28.358|
|13||Marlon Stockinger||Atech CRS GP||31.399|
|15||Matias Laine||Marussia Manor Racing||37.376|
|16||Zoel Amberg||Atech CRS GP||40.368|
|17||Simon Trummer||MW Arden||40.629|
|18||Luciano Bacheta||RSC Mucke Motorsport||41.510|
|19||Pedro Nunes||Lotus ART||42.932|
|20||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||43.295|
|22||Nick Yelloly||Atech CRS GP||44.355|
|23||Vittorio Ghirelli||Jenzer Motorsport||44.443|
|24||Gabby Chaves||Addax Team||44.630|
|25||Dean Smith||Addax Team||45.325|
|26||James Calado||Lotus ART||45.831|
|28||Thomas Hylkema||Tech 1 Racing||47.330|
|29||Ivan Lukashevich||Status Grand Prix||+ 1 lap|
|Ret||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||1 lap|