Carlin driver Sergio Sette Câmara narrowly denied Renault Formula 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken pole position for the Formula 2 Feature Race at the Hungaroring by just 0.03 seconds.
It was an incredibly closely fought qualifying session on Friday afternoon, with the entire field covered by just over 1.3 seconds on the stopwatch.
Aitken and Nyck de Vries looked to be the main contenders for qualifying honours, with the former moving into provisional pole position on his last flying lap.
That was until Sette Câmara lapped fractionally quicker with just two minutes left in the session. Aitken had already returned to the pits and could do nothing to respond, but managed to hold onto a front row start ahead of de Vries, who had a poor first sector on his final flying lap.
Championship leader George Russell – quickest in the day’s earlier practice session – could manage no better than fourth-fastest, ending his run of being the benchmark qualifier over the previous three rounds in France, Britain and Germany.
Luca Ghiotto continued a positive run of form for Campos Racing by qualifying fifth-fastest ahead of Russell’s chef championship rival Lando Norris.
Artem Markelov qualified seventh-fastest for Russian Time, with Trident’s Arjun Maini, MP Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung and Charouz Racing System’s Louis Delétraz completed the top ten.
Championship frontrunner Alexander Albon had his worst qualifying session of the season so far, with the pole-winner in Baku, Spain and Monaco consigned to a lowly thirteenth in his DAMS entry.
Saturday’s 37-lap Feature Race gets underway at 16:45 local time (GMT +2).
|2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship Race of Hungary – Qualifying Results|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap|
|1.||Sergio Sette Câmara||Carlin Motorsport||1:27.400|
|2.||Jack Aitken||ART Grand Prix||1:27.430||+ 0.030|
|3.||Nyck de Vries||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:27.631||+ 0.231|
|4.||George Russell||ART Grand Prix||1:27.762||+ 0.362|
|5.||Luca Ghiotto||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:27.828||+ 0.428|
|6.||Lando Norris||Carlin Motorsport||1:27.864||+ 0.464|
|7.||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:27.957||+ 0.557|
|8.||Arjun Maini||Trident Racing||1:27.958||+ 0.558|
|9.||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||1:27.973||+ 0.573|
|10.||Louis Delétraz||Charouz Racing System||1:28.032||+ 0.632|
|11.||Nirei Fukuzumi||BWT Arden International||1:28.038||+ 0.638|
|12.||Antonio Fuoco||Charouz Racing System||1:28.073||+0.673|
|13.||Alexander Albon||DAMS||1:28.107||+ 0.707|
|14.||Nicholas Latifi||DAMS||1:28.124||+ 0.724|
|15.||Maximilian Günther||BWT Arden International||1:28.169||+ 0.769|
|16.||Roy Nissany||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:28.348||+ 0.948|
|17.||Alessio Lorandi||Trident Racing||1:28.533||+ 1.133|
|18||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:28.648||+ 1.248|
|19.||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||1:28.724||+ 1.324|
|20.||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||1:28.750||+ 1.350|
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