GP3 Series

Bottas Claims Pole In Hungary In ART Front Row Lockout

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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.

Qualifying times:

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
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 Mücke Motorsport 1:37.354 0.591
6 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.396 0.633
7 Nico Müller 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
13 Conor Daly Carlin 1:37.621 0.858
14 Nigel Melker RSC Mücke 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 Tamás Pál Kiss Tech 1 Racing 1:37.968 1.205
19 Zoël Amberg Atech CRS Grand Prix 1:37.972 1.209
20 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mücke 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
27 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1:38.518 1.755
28 Callum Macleod Carlin 1:38.670 1.907
29 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 1:40.474 3.711
30 Gabby Chaves Addax Team    
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