Ferrari Formula 1 junior Charles Leclerc takes GP3 pole at Spa

GP3 championship leader Charles Leclerc claimed pole position at Spa, as title rival Alexander Albon ended up only 17th

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Charles Leclerc takes GP3 pole at Spa

Leclerc snatched pole away from Jake Hughes by 0.363 seconds with a 2m04.896s lap moments after Hughes - winner of the last race before the break at Hockenheim - put his DAMS car on provisional pole.

Albon had been ahead of ART Grand Prix team-mate Leclerc going into the final runs, when they sat sixth and eighth on the grid, but while Leclerc leapt to the top, Albon slid off the road on the exit of Fagnes.

An attempt at a second flying lap on that set of tyres only led to a tiny improvement over his first run and Albon tumbled back to the ninth row.

Early provisional polesitter Nyck de Vries finished the session third in the second-best ART car, joined on row two by title contender Antonio Fuoco.

Hughes's DAMS team-mate Kevin Jorg and leading Koiranen runner Matt Parry completed the top six.

Oscar Tunjo was only 16th on his return to the series with Jenzer after a three-round absence, while European Formula 3 frontrunning Red Bull junior Niko Kari - making a guest appearance with Koiranen - will start 21st for his GP3 debut.

QUALIFYING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 2m04.896s -
2 Jake Hughes DAMS 2m05.259s 0.363s
3 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 2m05.393s 0.497s
4 Antonio Fuoco Trident 2m05.448s 0.552s
5 Kevin Jorg DAMS 2m05.612s 0.716s
6 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 2m05.653s 0.757s
7 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 2m05.661s 0.765s
8 Sandy Stuvik Trident 2m05.758s 0.862s
9 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 2m05.852s 0.956s
10 Alex Palou Campos Racing 2m05.880s 0.984s
11 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 2m06.012s 1.116s
12 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 2m06.145s 1.249s
13 Jake Dennis Arden International 2m06.179s 1.283s
14 Jack Aitken Arden International 2m06.185s 1.289s
15 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 2m06.201s 1.305s
16 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 2m06.282s 1.386s
17 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 2m06.421s 1.525s
18 Artur Janosz Trident 2m06.531s 1.635s
19 Giuliano Alesi Trident 2m06.740s 1.844s
20 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 2m06.769s 1.873s
21 Niko Kari Koiranen GP 2m06.772s 1.876s
22 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 2m06.900s 2.004s
23 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 2m07.086s 2.190s

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