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Hungaroring European F3: Ocon beats Blomqvist to race one pole

Esteban Ocon narrowly held off Tom Blomqvist to secure pole position for the first Formula 3 European Championship race at Hungaroring.

Ocon made his mark reasonably early in the session, going fastest by almost eight tenths with eight minutes of the session remaining, before lowering his best time again to a 1m35.585s on the very next lap, which would ultimately become the pole time.

Blomqvist made his charge a couple of minutes later, first becoming the second driver into the 1m35s bracket with a 1m35.863s, before going agonisingly close to snaring pole by improving to within 0.084s of Ocon's time on the next lap.

With neither driver improving in the last few minutes, Ocon was able to hold on to take his sixth pole position in what is still his rookie year.

Max Verstappen finished the session third fastest - and the only other driver to get under the 1m36s mark, with a 1m35.881s. He will be joined on the second row by Ocon's Prema team-mate Antonio Fuoco.

Lucas Auer recovered strongly from a disastrous practice session, in which he missed more than 40 minutes of running after a clash with Sean Gelael, by qualifying fifth, one spot ahead of his Mucke team-mate Felix Rosenqvist, who was just sixth after going almost two tenths slower than he managed in the practice session.

The fourth row belonged to Carlin with Antonio Giovanazzi and Jordan King qualifying seventh and eighth respectively, while Gustavo Menezes and Felix Serralles rounded out the top 10.

Pos Driver               Team                                Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Esteban Ocon         Prema Dallara-Mercedes              1m35.585s           10
 2. Tom Blomqvist        Carlin Dallara-VW                   1m35.669s  +0.084s  10
 3. Max Verstappen       Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW            1m35.881s  +0.296s  11
 4. Antonio Fuoco        Prema Dallara-Mercedes              1m36.063s  +0.478s  10
 5. Lucas Auer           Mucke Dallara-Mercedes              1m36.196s  +0.611s  11
 6. Felix Rosenqvist     Mucke Dallara-Mercedes              1m36.218s  +0.633s  11
 7. Antonio Giovinazzi   Carlin Dallara-VW                   1m36.332s  +0.747s  10
 8. Jordan King          Carlin Dallara-VW                   1m36.347s  +0.762s  10
 9. Gustavo Menezes      Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW            1m36.380s  +0.795s  10
10. Felix Serralles      West-Tec Dallara Mercedes           1m36.586s  +1.001s  10
11. Dennis van de Laar   Prema Dallara-Mercedes              1m36.692s  +1.107s  10
12. Sean Gelael          Carlin Dallara-VW                   1m36.736s  +1.151s  10
13. Roy Nissany          Mucke Dallara-Mercedes              1m36.786s  +1.201s  11
14. Jules Szymkowiak     Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW            1m36.953s  +1.368s  11
15. Alexander Toril      T-Sport Dallara-NBE                 1m36.969s  +1.384s  11
16. Mitch Gilbert        Fortec Dallara-Mercedes             1m37.111s  +1.526s  11
17. Tatiana Calderon     Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes          1m37.156s  +1.571s  12
18. John Bryant-Meisner  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes             1m37.293s  +1.708s  11
19. Felipe Guimares      Double R Dallara-Mercedes           1m37.325s  +1.740s  11
20. Hector Hurst         West-Tec Dallara Mercedes           1m37.377s  +1.792s  11
21. Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-NBE                 1m37.496s  +1.911s  12
22. Michele Beretta      EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes  1m37.866s  +2.281s  12
23. Sandro Zeller        Zeller                              1m37.891s  +2.306s  12

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