Russell Claims First Pole Position of GP3 Series Career at the Red Bull Ring

Credit: Zak Mauger/GP3 Media Service

George Russell has claimed the first pole position of his GP3 Series career to start on the top spot for the Feature Race at the Red Bull Ring.

The Briton is joined by team-mate and countryman Jack Aitken on the front row, with Dorian Boccolacci completing the top three.

When the track went green, all drivers were straight on track to waste as little time as possible getting up to speed.

Barcelona Sprint Race winner, Arjun Maini recorded the first competitive time six minutes into the the session but was quickly overtaken due to the emerging battle between Russell, Aitken and Boccolacci.

In a frantic final few minutes Aitken, Steijn Schothorst and eventually Russell all grabbed P1.

In his final run Aitken claimed P2 as Boccolacci crossed the line to take P3. Russell too was going quicker in the first sector before losing time throughout the rest of the lap.

Behind the top three the top ten lines up: Leonardo Pulcini, Schothorst, Giuliano AlesiRyan TveterAnthoine HubertNiko Kari and Nirei Fukuzumi.

Yesterday’s pacesetter Marcos Siebert lines up 18th on the grid.

In a session where the entire grid is covered by 0.8 hundredths, the slightest of improvement could have made a massive difference.

Race start is at 17.10 CEST and is one not to be missed.

2017 GP3 Series Qualifying – Red Bull Ring

13George RussellGBRART Grand Prix1m19.114
21Jack Aitken GBRART Grand Prix1m19.186
312Dorian BoccolacciFRATrident 1m19.255
46Leonardo PulciniITAArden International1m19.258
57Steijn SchothorstNED Arden International1m19.292
610Giuliano AlesiFRATrident 1m19.412
711Ryan TveterUSATrident 1m19.425
84Anthonie HubertFRAART Grand Prix1m19.440
95Niko KariFINArden International1m19.479
102Nirei FukuzumiJAPART Grand Prix1m19.484
1122Alessio LorandiITAJenzer Motorsport 1m19.493
1224Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport 1m19.530
1327Raoul Hyman RSACampos Racing1m19.561
1426Julien FalcheroFRACampos Racing1m19.596
159Kevin Jörg SUITrident 1m19.680
1616Bruno BaptistaBRADAMS 1m19.778
1714Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 1m19.789
1828Marcos SiebertARGCampos Racing1m19.832
1915Tatiana CalderonCOLDAMS 1m19.872