Championship leader Anthoine Hubert secured pole position for the opening GP3 race at the Hungaroring, edging ART Grand Prix team-mate Nikita Mazepin.
Hubert occupied fifth place after the first half of the session, while Mazepin topped the times.
When the field re-emerged from the pitlane for the final runs, Hubert vaulted to top spot with a 1m31.409s lap. He was unable to lower this time but it was good enough for a second straight pole.
Mazepin posted his best time on his last lap of the 30-minute qualifying session, crossing the line a mere 0.075 seconds adrift of Hubert.
The team faced an early challenge in the session after Mazepin sustained front-suspension damage in a clash with MP Motorsport’s Niko Kari.
Kari carved his way past several cars on his warm-up lap. Running off at the high speed Turn 4, he slid wide when rejoining the track and collected Mazepin on the outside of Turn 5. Kari’s left-rear wheel was ripped from the car and he was sidelined from qualifying. The stewards?are set to investigate the incident.
ART managed to complete the majority of the required repairs to Mazepin’s car during the resulting red flag period, allowing him to still complete two runs in the session.
Mazepin’s late improvement denied Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini a front row start. Pulcini ended up third ahead of ART’s Jake Hughes and Callum Ilott.
Trident’s Ryan Tveter qualified in sixth, ahead of the team’s new signing David Beckmann, who has moved across from Jenzer Motorsport.
Dorian Boccolacci was the top MP Motorsport driver in eighth, with Arden International’s Joey Mawson in ninth place.
Jenzer’s Juan Manuel Correa had figured towards the top of the times early in the session, provisionally placing as high as second. Running wide at Turn 11 spoilt one of the laps in his second run and he ended up in 10th.
Jannes Fittje, Beckmann’s replacement at Jenzer, qualified 17th on his debut.
|1||Anthoine Hubert||ART Grand Prix||1m31.409s|
|2||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||+0.075s|
|3||Leonardo Pulcini||Campos Racing||+0.106s|
|4||Jake Hughes||ART Grand Prix||+0.243s|
|5||Callum Ilott||ART Grand Prix||+0.288s|
|8||Dorian Boccolacci||MP Motorsport||+0.555s|
|9||Joey Mawson||Arden International||+0.637s|
|10||Juan Manuel Correa||Jenzer Motorsport||+0.753s|
|12||Diego Menchaca||Campos Racing||+0.763s|
|14||Simo Laaksonen||Campos Racing||+0.856s|
|15||Tatiana Calderon||Jenzer Motorsport||+0.857s|
|16||Gabriel Aubry||Arden International||+1.359s|
|17||Jannes Fittje||Jenzer Motorsport||+1.535s|
|18||Julien Falchero||Arden International||+1.591s|
|19||Niko Kari||MP Motorsport||+3.661s|