Muller wins from pole in Hungary
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, July 31st 2010, 16:21 GMT|
Nico Muller has converted his pole position into a victory in today's GP3 race at the Hungaroring.
It was a fairly processional affair, with Status's Robert Wickens trying to spice things up by going from fourth to second at the start, only to be shuffled back into his original position over the following two corners - meaning that all the front runners finished in the positions they started.
Series leader Esteban Gutierrez was second, the Mexican having reeled off a string of quick laps midway through the race to reduce what had been a gap of 3s down to just 0.9s with a few laps remaining. But Muller was able to respond and crossed the line with a 1.4s advantage over the ART car.
Tech 1's Stefano Coletti was third ahead of Wickens and Carlin's Dean Smith.
Addax's Mirko Bortolotti was on target for sixth but his car slowed as he rounded the final corner, allowing Carlin stand-in Antonio Felix da Costa to move up a position.
Josef Newgarden (Carlin) was promoted to seventh, and Alexander Rossi (ART) benefited from Bortolotti's misfortune by being bumped up to eighth to head an all-American front row for tomorrow's race.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nico Muller Jenzer 26m27.400s 2. Esteban Gutierrez ART + 1.450s 3. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 + 14.516s 4. Robert Wickens Status + 14.856s 5. Dean Smith Carlin + 18.232s 6. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin + 24.546s 7. Josef Newgarden Carlin + 24.846s 8. Alexander Rossi ART + 25.999s 9. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke + 28.073s 10. Michael Christensen MW Arden + 29.808s 11. Mirko Bortolotti Addax + 31.325s 12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor + 31.408s 13. Felipe Guimaraes Addax + 38.192s 14. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 + 39.997s 15. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke + 44.979s 16. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS + 49.818s 17. Pal Varhaug Jenzer + 50.904s 18. Adrien Tambay Manor + 51.827s 19. Pedro Nunes ART + 52.423s 20. Rio Haryanto Manor + 53.564s 21. Daniel Morad Status + 53.995s 22. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden + 54.390s 23. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke + 54.659s 24. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS + 54.990s 25. Ivan Lukashevich Status + 55.856s Retirements: Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 13 laps Marco Barba Jenzer 12 laps Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 7 laps Miki Monras MW Arden 6 laps