Brazilian Felipe Nasr took his first GP2 Series pole position in the heat of the Hungaroring to close the gap in the standings to Championship leader Jolyon Palmer.
The four points on offer for the pole means Carlin driver Nasr now only 41 points behind Palmer, who for the first time in 2014 qualified off the front row of the grid. The British DAMS driver was only seventh fastest but will start sixth after a penalty for Johnny Cecotto Jr.
Joining Nasr on the front row will be Frenchman Tom Dillmann, who is making a good case for himself being kept on full-time by the EQ8 Caterham Racing team after replacing Alexander Rossi last time out in Germany. Dillmann was 0.182s behind Nasr in the session.
The second row will be an all Campos Racing affair, with both Arthur Pic and Kimiya Sato enjoying their best session of the season. For Sato in particular, it is a good sign of progress, after struggling in the lower reaches of the field for pretty much the whole season to date.
Cecotto Jr qualified fifth but will start eighth after the Trident Racing driver was penalised for a clash with Palmer in practice. The Venezuelan drops behind Stoffel Vandoorne of ART Grand Prix, Palmer and Raffaele Marciello of Racing Engineering.
Dane Marco Sorensen continued his good form for MP Motorsport by qualifying ninth, while the top ten was rounded out by the second DAMS machine of Stephane Richelmi.
Double race winner Mitch Evans struggled to eleventh for Russian Time, but the winner of the Sprint race in Germany last weekend Stefano Coletti was even lower in the second Racing Engineering machine in sixteenth.
Hungaroring Feature Race Qualifying Result
|2||Tom Dillmann||FRA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:28.618|
|3||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||1:28.643|
|4||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||1:28.658|
|5||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||1:28.740|
|7||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||1:28.932|
|8*||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||1:28.709|
|9||Marco Sorensen||DEN||MP Motorsport||1:28.935|
|11||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||1:28.969|
|14||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.125|
|15||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||1:29.139|
|16||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||1:29.142|
|17||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||1:29.143|
|18||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:29.217|
|19||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:29.233|
|20||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:29.277|
|21||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||1:29.292|
|23||Jon Lancaster||GBR||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.680|
|24||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||1:29.895|
|25||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||1:30.078|
|26||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1:30.427|
*3 Place Grid Penalty*