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Hungaroring GP2: Felipe Nasr scores his first series pole position

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
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