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2018 GP3 Series: Hungaroring – Talking Points

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2018 GP3 Series: Hungaroring
Credit: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

The GP3 Series heads into its summer break after the fifth round of the championship at the Hungaroring.

Anthoine Hubert was on top of the standings following the weekend at Silverstone ahead of ART Grand Prix team-mate Callum Ilott.

It was another ART who claimed the race win on Saturday as Nikita Mazepin took the top step of the podium

MP Motorsport‘s Dorian Boccolacci was victorious on Sunday.

Musical Chairs

Prior to the start of the weekend change was abound with drivers moving around.

The Trident Formula 2 team promoted Alessio Lorandi from their GP3 ranks as a result of terminating the contract of Santino Ferrucci.

As a result, the team had a vacant seat available in its GP3 squad which they filled with David Beckmann.

Beckmann had been racing for Jenzer Motorsport with the team subsequently filling his seat with his countryman Jannes Fittje.

Beckmann, impressed on his Trident debut, finishing fourth in the Feature Race when his previous best result was sixth in the opening race of the season.

Boccolacci Claims First Win of 2018

Dorian Boccolacci thought he had taken his first win of 2018 at his home race in Paul Ricard but a disqualification took that away from the Frenchman.

Starting from reverse grid pole on Sunday, Boccolacci stormed away from the grid with Ilott slotting into second behind him.

The Frenchman built up a gap which he stabilised at around five seconds.

In the latter stages of the race, Ilott started cutting into Boccolacci’s advantage but the Briton had left it too late and Boccolacci comfortable crossed the line in first.

Hubert Heads into the Break on Top

He was on top of the championship standings coming into the round at the Hungaroring and that is where Anthoine Hubert remains.

Taking the four points for pole position on Saturday put the Frenchman in a strong position but he was not able to convert that into the race win after a slow getaway from the grid.

Hubert ended up third, and with nearest rival Ilott only sixth it was a strong haul of points.

Starting sixth on Sunday, a good getaway from the grid put Hubert straight up into third where he remained for the rest of the race.

Heading into the break, Hubert has 129 points to his name with Ilott 15 back on 114.

Leonardo Pulcini is third on 99, with Mazepin just one point behind.

Fifth in the standings in Pedro Piquet some way back on 67 points.

The GP3 Series returns to action on 24-26 August at Spa-Francorchamps.

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