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Hungaroring GP3: Hubert on pole, Mazepin second despite collision

Anthoine Hubert takes Hungaroring GP3 pole 2018

GP3 Series championship leader and Renault affiliated driver Anthoine Hubert became the first repeat poleman this season and extended his points lead at the Hungaroring.

The track was rubbering-in excessively and the later the run the better, but ART driver Hubert's penultimate lap was enough for him to take pole by less than a tenth of a second as many drivers struggled to hook-up their final lap.

His team-mate Nikita Mazepin took a brilliant second despite being crashed into by ex-Red Bull junior Niko Kari in an incident that caused an early red flag.

Kari ran wide at the fast Turn 4 on an early flying lap, and when he came back onto the track, he touched the grass with his rear right wheel, and hit Mazepin with his rear left at the outside of Turn 5.

The incident is being investigated by the stewards, and Kari broke the rear-left of his car and took no further part in the session.

Mazepin remained composed and managed to get within 0.075 seconds of pole despite having to cope with bent suspension as a result of the collision as ART realised it would not have time to replace the damaged part.

Anthoine Hubert Nikita Mazepin Leonardo Pulcini

Leonardo Pulcini, one of only two non-ART polesitters this season, delivered another strong performance to take third ahead of a British ART attack of Jake Hughes and Callum Ilott.

Both drivers had struggled with their early laps but rebounded nicely on the second set of soft tyres.

Hughes survived a battle on circuit with Kari, who appeared to race him for track position on their out-laps, and a moment of his own when he ran wide at Turn 4.

American driver Ryan Tveter is in a strong run of form and topped the Trident Racing contingent in sixth ahead of new team-mate David Beckmann.

Beckmann, replacing the Formula 2-promoted Alessio Lorandi, had been fastest in practice on Friday in his first session with his new team having switched from Jenzer Motorsport.

Jannes Fitje takes his spot at the Jenzer outfit and will start 17th for his GP3 debut.

Behind Beckmann, Dorian Boccolacci was the sole MP Motorsport car for most of the session in eighth, as Devlin DeFrancesco is absent due to illness and Kari crashed out.

De Francesco expects to return after the summer break at Spa.

Joey Mawson (Arden International) and Jenzer's Juan Manuel Correa rounded out the top 10.

It was a tough session for Trident's sons-of-grand-prix-winners pairing. Giuliano Alesi (son of Jean) and Nelson Piquet's son Pedro could only manage 11th and 13th respectively.

Qualifying result

1Anthoine HubertART Grand Prix1m31.409s-
2Nikita MazepinART Grand Prix1m31.484s0.075s
3Leonardo PulciniCampos Racing1m31.515s0.106s
4Jake HughesART Grand Prix1m31.652s0.243s
5Callum IlottART Grand Prix1m31.697s0.288s
6Ryan TveterTrident1m31.832s0.423s
7David BeckmannTrident1m31.911s0.502s
8Dorian BoccolacciMP Motorsport1m31.964s0.555s
9Joey MawsonArden International1m32.046s0.637s
10Juan Manuel CorreaJenzer Motorsport1m32.162s0.753s
11Giuliano AlesiTrident1m32.164s0.755s
12Diego MenchacaCampos Racing1m32.172s0.763s
13Pedro PiquetTrident1m32.212s0.803s
14Simo LaaksonenCampos Racing1m32.265s0.856s
15Tatiana CalderonJenzer Motorsport1m32.266s0.857s
16Gabriel AubryArden International1m32.768s1.359s
17Jannes FittjeJenzer Motorsport1m32.944s1.535s
18Julien FalcheroArden International1m33.000s1.591s
19Niko KariMP Motorsport1m35.070s3.661s

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