Alex Lynn takes Maiden Pole Ahead of Vandoorne in Hungary


Alex Lynn took his maiden GP2 Series pole position ahead of championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne and Campos Racing driver Arthur Pic. The DAMS driver snatched pole with a 1:28.022 during the middle of the session around the hot and twisty, Hungaroring.

Alexander Rossi led the fight and was the first driver to set a time before Vandoorne set a quick time, leaving the Belgian driver at the top of the timing sheets ahead of Raffaele Marciello, Rio Haryanto and Pierre Gasly.

Like he did in free practice earlier in the day, Pic saw a clear track as an opportunity to improve his time and the Frenchman managed to slip into third place, where he stayed until the final flag at the end of the thirty minute session.

Lynn and Gasly took the same approach as Pic and the DAMS pair managed to make up sometime in clear air. Whilst Gasly went fourth, his British teammate went straight into provisional pole only o.o19s ahead of Vandoorne.

Marciello knocked Gasly back into fifth, the Italian Trident driver staying in fourth when the flag fell.

Racing Engineering’s Jordan King improved late into the session, King finishing in sixth, just managing to pip Rio Haryanto and Mitch Evans.

Sergey Sirotkin was under a tenth behind Evans whilst Nick Yelloly rounded out the top ten.

After he struggled in free practice, Nicholas Latifi finished his Friday in Hungary with an impressive 12th place, a massive improvement on a disappointing morning. Sean Gelael could only manage to take 24th in his debut GP2 qualifying with Carlin.

Zoël Amberg had a very unfortunate day as he was declared unfit to take part in qualifying after he was finally able to make his return from an illness which saw him miss the fifth round of the season at Silverstone.