James Calado took his maiden GP3 Series pole position after narrowly beating ART teammate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying on a drying track at Spa-Francorchamps.

The session began on a drying track, with all the cars venturing out on wet tyres. Bottas, Alexander Sims and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs battled over the top spot during the first half of the session.

With ten minutes to go ART decided to switch their drivers onto slick tyres. At first Bottas was well off the pace, but the conditions eventually played into their hands. Calado went top with three minutes remaining, 1.447 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Bottas moved up into second place before the checkered flag, missing out on pole by just 0.088s. Nigel Melker was third, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa and Quaife-Hobbs.

Nick Yelloly was sixth, Conor Daly seventh and Tom Dillmann eighth. Nico Muller and Lewis Williamson completed the top ten. Unlike the ART drivers, Sims could not get up to speed on slicks and had to settle for 17th place.

Series debutants Alex Fontana, Richie Stanaway and Daniel Mancinelli took 15th, 18th and 22nd respepctively.

Qualifying times:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 James Calado Lotus ART 2:20.146   12
2 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 2:20.234 0.088 13
3 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:21.315 1.169 12
4 Antonio Felix da Costa Status Grand Prix 2:22.359 2.213 13
5 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 2:22.689 2.543 12
6 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 2:22.818 2.672 12
7 Conor Daly Carlin 2:22.988 2.842 12
8 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 2:23.088 2.942 12
9 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 2:23.256 3.110 12
10 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 2:23.272 3.126 13
11 Mitch Evans MW Arden 2:23.439 3.293 13
12 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:23.693 3.547 12
13 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 2:23.772 3.626 13
14 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 2:24.106 3.960 12
15 Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 2:24.300 4.154 13
16 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 2:24.651 4.505 12
17 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 2:24.774 4.628 12
18 Richie Stanaway Lotus ART 2:24.911 4.765 12
19 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 2:25.172 5.026 12
20 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 2:25.496 5.350 12
21 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 2:25.560 5.414 13
22 Daniel Mancinelli RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:25.857 5.711 12
23 Simon Trummer MW Arden 2:26.284 6.138 13
24 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 2:26.917 6.771 12
25 Dean Smith Addax Team 2:26.952 6.850 12
26 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 2:27.996 7.850 12
27 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 2:28.115 7.969 13
28 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 2:28.738 8.592 12
29 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 2:29.743 9.597 9
30 Callum MacLeod Carlin 2:29.751 9.605 11