Dominant pole for Gasly and Prema in Hungary

by Paul Hensby

Pierre Gasly continued his strong pace from free practice at the Hungaroring to secure yet another pole position and continue the positive momentum he has seen since taking his maiden GP2 Series victory at Silverstone two weeks ago.

In the time since his victory, the Frenchman spent two days testing at Silverstone for Red Bull Racing and then dominated practice on Friday morning, but was untouchable during qualifying in Hungary, with Gasly 0.570 seconds clear of the chasing pack.

Gasly will be joined on the front row by ART Grand Prix’s Sergey Sirotkin, but the Russian driver was nowhere near defeating the Frenchman for pole position, but he was comfortably clear of third placed Antonio Giovinazzi, who made it both of the Prema Racing drivers inside the top three with a lap 0.826 seconds shy of his team-mate.

Nobuharu Matsushita was fourth fastest for ART, ahead of Norman Nato of Racing Engineering, while Luca Ghiotto was a strong sixth for Trident ahead of Arthur Pic of Rapax, while Raffaele Marciello will start eighth for Russian Time.

Jordan King, the winner of the last two Sprint races at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, will start ninth in the second Racing Engineering entry, while Marvin Kirchhöfer will complete the top ten for Carlin.

After ending free practice in second, Alex Lynn would have been hoping for better than eleventh on the grid for DAMS, and he’ll be joined on the sixth row of the grid by team-mate Nicholas Latifi, while Gustav Malja of Rapax will start thirteenth ahead of Red Bull Ring Feature race winner Mitch Evans of Campos Racing.

Artem Markelov will also be disappointed with his qualifying performance, with the second Russian Time driver, and the winner of the Monaco Feature race earlier this season, down in fifteenth, with Spaniard Sergio Canamasas set to join him on row eight for Carlin.

Championship leader Oliver Rowland however will start seventeenth, alongside MP Motorsport team-mate Daniel de Jong after an extremely disappointing session for the team, while Sean Gelael, Jimmy Eriksson, Nabil Jeffri and Patrick Paz Armand complete the twenty-two car line-up.

Hungaroring Qualifying Result

121Pierre GaslyFRAPrema Racing1:25.612
22Sergey SirotkinRUSART Grand Prix1:26.182
320Antonio GiovinazziITAPrema Racing1:26.438
41Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:26.483
53Norman NatoFRARacing Engineering1:26.521
615Luca GhiottoITATrident1:26.557
712Arthur PicFRARapax1:26.633
89Raffaele MarcielloITARussian Time1:26.657
94Jordan KingGBRRacing Engineering1:26.667
1019Marvin KirchhoferGERCarlin1:26.696
115Alex LynnGBRDAMS1:26.795
126Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:26.819
1311Gustav MaljaSWERapax1:26.911
147Mitch EvansNZLCampos Racing1:26.966
1510Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:27.068
1618Sergio CanamasasESPCarlin1:27.078
1722Oliver RowlandGBRMP Motorsport1:27.176
1823Daniel de JongNEDMP Motorsport1:27.207
198Sean GelaelINOCampos Racing1:27.246
2025Jimmy ErikssonSWEArden International1:27.908
2124Nabil JeffriMAYArden International1:28.119
2214Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:28.415

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