GP2 Series

Luiz Razia And AirAsia Claim First GP2 Pole At Hungaroring

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Luiz Razia has scored the first pole position of his GP2 career after coming out on top in a closely fought qualifying session at the Hungaroring.

The Caterham Team AirAsia driver set the pace initially in the 30 minute session, before Fabio Leimer moved into P1 for Rapax. Championship leader and practice pacesetter Romain Grosjean then went fastest for DAMS, but was immediately knocked off by Razia just behind him, the Brazilian returning to top spot by two hundredths of a second.

Grosjean's chief title rival Giedo van der Garde then moved ahead of Razia for Addax, with Grosjean improving to second and missing out on the Dutchman's time by just 0.006.

As the field returned to the pits midway through the session Luca Filippi moved two tenths clear at the head of the timesheets.

Once the field returned to the track few drivers made improvements to their times. One man who did was Marcus Ericsson. With five minutes remaining in the session the Swede jumped up into second, falling just 0.006s shy of Filippi's benchmark.

Then with three minutes left to run Razia returned to provisional pole, going 0.14s quicker than Filippi. Filippi looked set to improve his time but was hampered when Adam Carroll spun at Turn 6, bringing out the yellow flags.

This allowed Razia to hold on up front and secure pole. Filippi remained in second with Ericsson third. Charles Pic moved up onto the outside of the second row at the checkered flag. His compatriots Grosjean and Jules Bianchi will share the third row of the grid.

Van der Garde slipped back to seventh, with Leimer, Esteban Gutierrez and Sam Bird completing the top ten.

Qualifying results:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:30.411 12
2 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.551 0.140 13
3 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.557 0.146 13
4 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:30.742 0.331 15
5 Romain Grosjean DAMS 1:30.746 0.335 16
6 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:30.752 0.341 13
7 Giedo Van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:30.760 0.349 14
8 Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:30.803 0.392 13
9 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 1:30.826 0.415 13
10 Sam Bird iSport International 1:30.890 0.479 16
11 Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.935 0.524 14
12 Josef Kral Arden International 1:30.936 0.525 14
13 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:30.974 0.563 14
14 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:31.080 0.669 13
15 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:31.122 0.711 14
16 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:31.175 0.764 13
17 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:31.229 0.818 14
18 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.239 0.828 14
19 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1:31.312 0.901 16
20 Pal Varhaug DAMS 1:31.396 0.985 14
21 Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:31.513 1.102 16
22 Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.541 1.130 15
23 Julian Leal Rapax 1:31.542 1.131 16
24 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.578 1.167 16
25 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:31.755 1.344 15
26 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.779 1.368 14
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