Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr has taken pole position ahead of Caterham’s Tom Dillmann for tomorrow’s Feature Race at the Hungaroring.
Provisional changed hands a few times throughout the 30 minutes session, with main contenders Stoffel Vandoorne and Jolyon Palmer in the mix early.
However, just before drivers retuned to the pits for their regular mid-session break, both Campos racing drivers topped the session with Arthur Pic leading team-mate Kimiya Sato.
Daniel de Jong was the first driver out and had the track to himself, yet failed to take advantage of the situation twice, making mistakes on both of his flying laps.
Tom Dillmann joined him although didn’t make the same mistake, setting the fastest lap of the session for provisional pole with just under half a session to run.
With around 10 minutes left, every driver made their way back onto the track to have their final attempts at pole position.
Felipe Nasr quickly topped Dillmann’s time demoting him to second place. The Frenchman had no answer for Nasr’s lap and finished the session in second, and will line up on the front row for the feature race.
Pic and Sato will start from the second row of the grid in the team’s best qualifying performance of the season. The pair were a few hundredths of a second quicker than Trident’s Johnny Cecotto Jr. who has incurred a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Jolyon Palmer in practice.
Palmer had his worst qualifying session for the season, qualifying in seventh position. He will be promoted to sixth after Cecotto’s penalty and start from the third row. It’s a big blow for the championship leader, as he had never qualified lower than second position.
2014 GP2 Series Race of Hungary – Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Felipe Nasr||Carlin Motorsport||1:28.436||12|
|2.||Tom Dillman||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:28.618||+ 0.182||10|
|3.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||1:28.643||+ 0.207||11|
|4.||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||1:28.658||+ 0.222||12|
|5.||Johnny Cecotto Jr*||Trident Racing||1:28.709||+ 0.273||13|
|6.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||1:28.740||+ 0.304||11|
|7.||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||1:28.791||+ 0.355||11|
|8.||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||1:28.932||+ 0.496||11|
|9.||Marco Sørensen||MP Motorsport||1:28.935||+ 0.499||12|
|10.||Stéphane Richelmi||DAMS||1:28.941||+ 0.505||6|
|11.||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||1:28.969||+ 0.533||13|
|12.||Julián Leal||Carlin Motorsport||1:29.008||+ 0.572||11|
|13.||Simon Trummer||Rapax Team||1:29.060||+ 0.624||13|
|14.||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.125||+ 0.689||13|
|15.||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||1:29.139||+ 0.703||12|
|16.||Sergio Canamasas||Trident Racing||1:29.142||+ 0.706||12|
|17.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:29.143||+ 0.707||11|
|18.||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:29.217||+ 0.781||11|
|19.||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:29.233||+ 0.797||12|
|20.||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:29.277||+ 0.841||11|
|21.||Andre Negrão||Arden International||1:29.292||+ 0.856||14|
|22.||Andrew Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax Team||1:29.462||+ 1.026||12|
|23.||Jon Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.680||+ 1.244||12|
|24.||René Binder||Arden International||1:29.895||+ 1.459||10|
|25.||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||1:30.078||+ 1.642||11|
|26.||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||1:30.427||+ 1.991||10|
* Johnny Cecotto Jr was awarded a three-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision with Jolyon Palmer during free practice.
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