Valtteri Bottas scored his first pole position in the GP3 Series in qualifying at the Hungaroring. The Finn was 0.330 seconds quicker than teammate James Calado as ART locked out the front row of the grid.
The duo began the session amongst the favourites for pole position having each topped a practice session on Friday.
Bottas, who finally scored his first win in the series last weekend at the Nurburgring, moved half a second ahead of the field with less than ten minutes of the session completed. His laptime remained good enough until the closing stages when Calado moved close to him. Bottas soon responded and improved his time to secure the pole position.
Mitch Evans claimed third place after the checkered flag dropped, knocking fellow 17-year-old Aaro Vainio down to fourth. Michael Christensen was fifth, ahead of Rio Haryanto and Nico Muller. Tom Dillmann was eighth, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ninth. Pedro Nunes placed the third of the ART cars just inside the top ten.
Championship leader Alexander Sims qualified in 11th place having been off the pace for the entire weekend so far. Title rivals Nigel Melker and Lewis Williamson also struggled, taking 14th and 15th on the grid.
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Lotus ART||1:36.763|
|2||James Calado||Lotus ART||1:37.093||0.330|
|3||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||1:37.192||0.429|
|4||Aaro Vainio||Tech 1 Racing||1:37.273||0.510|
|5||Michael Christensen||RSC MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:37.354||0.591|
|6||Rio Haryanto||Marussia Manor Racing||1:37.396||0.633|
|7||Nico MÃ¼ller||Jenzer Motorsport||1:37.466||0.703|
|8||Tom Dillmann||Addax Team||1:37.477||0.714|
|9||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Marussia Manor Racing||1:37.515||0.752|
|10||Pedro Nunes||Lotus ART||1:37.567||0.804|
|11||Alexander Sims||Status Grand Prix||1:37.576||0.813|
|12||Simon Trummer||MW Arden||1:37.617||0.854|
|14||Nigel Melker||RSC MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:37.623||0.860|
|15||Lewis Williamson||MW Arden||1:37.645||0.882|
|16||Matias Laine||Marussia Manor Racing||1:37.682||0.919|
|17||Marlon Stockinger||Atech CRS Grand Prix||1:37.931||1.168|
|18||TamÃ¡s PÃ¡l Kiss||Tech 1 Racing||1:37.968||1.205|
|19||ZoÃ«l Amberg||Atech CRS Grand Prix||1:37.972||1.209|
|20||Luciano Bacheta||RSC MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:38.089||1.326|
|21||Dean Smith||Addax Team||1:38.090||1.327|
|22||Antonio Felix da Costa||Status Grand Prix||1:38.094||1.331|
|23||Ivan Lukashevich||Status Grand Prix||1:38.162||1.399|
|24||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||1:38.375||1.612|
|25||Nick Yelloly||Atech CRS Grand Prix||1:38.392||1.629|
|26||Vittorio Ghirelli||Jenzer Motorsport||1:38.405||1.642|
|29||Thomas Hylkema||Tech 1 Racing||1:40.474||3.711|
|30||Gabby Chaves||Addax Team|