Muller tops ultra-close GP3 qualifying
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, July 31st 2010, 07:37 GMT|
Jenzer Motorsport's Nico Muller took pole for today's GP3 Series race at the Hungaroring after topping an extraordinary qualifying session this morning.
On a track washed clean by overnight rain, Muller set a best lap of 1m36.991s, and series leader Esteban Gutierrez (ART) responded by posting an identical time, with Muller getting the nod by virtue of having set the time first.
Tech 1's Stefano Coletti continued his good form from the previous round in Germany by going third quickest ahead of Status' Robert Wickens; the top four drivers all being covered by 0.07 seconds.
Four drivers will be affected by grid penalties, with Carlin's Dean Smith set to lose one place for taking the chequered flag twice in yesterday's practice session, dropping him from fifth to sixth.
Status' Ivan Lukashevich will be docked three places for ignoring yellow flags in practice, while Tech 1's Doru Sechelariu and Mucke's Tobias Hegewald, who qualified sixth and eighth respectively, will each lose 10 places for causing accidents in the previous round at Hockenheim.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m36.991s 2. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m36.991s + 0.000s 3. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 1m37.036s + 0.045s 4. Robert Wickens Status 1m37.066s + 0.075s 5. Dean Smith Carlin 1m37.320s + 0.329s 6. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m37.370s + 0.379s 7. Daniel Morad Status 1m37.454s + 0.463s 8. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke 1m37.456s + 0.465s 9. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m37.459s + 0.468s 10. Mirko Bortolotti Addax 1m37.525s + 0.534s 11. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1m37.632s + 0.641s 12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m37.639s + 0.648s 13. Alexander Rossi ART 1m37.690s + 0.699s 14. Marco Barba Jenzer 1m37.694s + 0.703s 15. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m37.733s + 0.742s 16. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 1m37.777s + 0.786s 17. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m37.785s + 0.794s 18. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m37.802s + 0.811s 19. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m37.869s + 0.878s 20. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m37.952s + 0.961s 21. Miki Monras MW Arden 1m37.982s + 0.991s 22. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 1m38.196s + 1.205s 23. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS 1m38.342s + 1.351s 24. Adrien Tambay Manor 1m38.359s + 1.368s 25. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1m38.375s + 1.384s 26. Pedro Nunes ART 1m38.406s + 1.415s 27. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m38.448s + 1.457s 28. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m38.909s + 1.918s 29. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 1m39.041s + 2.050s