Hungaroring GP2: Felipe Nasr scores his first series pole position
|By Charles Bradley||Friday, July 25th 2014, 14:42 GMT|
Williams F1 protege Felipe Nasr claimed his first GP2 pole position for Carlin at the Hungaroring on Friday afternoon, closing the gap to series leader Jolyon Palmer by four points in the process.
Nasr set two laps within 0.05 seconds of each other, both of which were almost two tenths clear of the opposition and achieved his first pole in 30 attempts.
Palmer hadn't qualified off the front row all season for DAMS, but was only seventh fastest here after a troubled day. However, he will be elevated to the third row, as fifth-placed Johnny Cecotto Jr has a three-place grid penalty.
Cecotto incurred the sanction for his free practice collision with Palmer this morning, and stewards viewed it as a "reckless collision".
There was another incident as qualifying began, when Tom Dillmann simply drove his Caterham car into the side of Sergio Canamasas in the pitlane as cars queued to leave, slightly damaging both cars.
Dillmann, who scored pole here last year, steered his repaired car to second on the grid, ahead of Campos Racing duo Arthur Pic and Kimiya Sato.
Practice pacesetter Stoffel Vandoorne will start fifth for ART, due to Cecotto's penalty, with Palmer sixth. Raffaele Marciello is likewise promoted to seventh.
Behind Cecotto, Marco Sorensen will start ninth ahead of Stephane Richelmi, whose DAMS car broke down during the session, and two-time 2014 winner Mitch Evans.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m28.436s 2. Tom Dillmann Caterham 1m28.618s +0.182s 3. Arthur Pic Campos 1m28.643s +0.207s 4. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m28.658s +0.222s 5. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident 1m28.709s +0.273s 6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 1m28.740s +0.304s 7. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m28.791s +0.355s 8. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m28.932s +0.496s 9. Marco Sorensen MP 1m28.935s +0.499s 10. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m28.941s +0.505s 11. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m28.969s +0.533s 12. Julian Leal Carlin 1m29.008s +0.572s 13. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m29.060s +0.624s 14. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m29.125s +0.689s 15. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m29.139s +0.703s 16. Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m29.142s +0.706s 17. Daniel de Jong MP 1m29.143s +0.707s 18. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1m29.217s +0.781s 19. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m29.233s +0.797s 20. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m29.277s +0.841s 21. Andrew Negrao Arden 1m29.292s +0.856s 22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m29.462s +1.026s 23. Jon Lancaster Hilmer 1m29.680s +1.244s 24. Rene Binder Arden 1m29.895s +1.459s 25. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m30.078s +1.642s 26. Takuya Izawa ART 1m30.427s +1.991s