George Russell loses Hungaroring European F3 pole over track limits

George Russell has lost his pole position for the first Formula 3 European Championship race at the Hungaroring after his best time was retrospectively deleted for a track-limits offence

George Russell loses Hungaroring European F3 pole over track limits

Russell, who had taken pole position by 0.018 seconds from Maximilian Gunther, now has to rely on his second-best lap, which puts him second on the grid, 0.080s behind the German.

The decision surprised some in the paddock, as track-limits time deletions are usually handed out instantly rather than retrospectively. But it is understood that the sheer weight of offences - there were 40 times deleted in total - meant that they could not be processed quickly enough.

Russell was not the only one to suffer in this way, with Guan Yu Zhou and Peter Li also having their fastest laps taken away after the session had finished.

Ben Barnicoat and Arjun Maini were the others whose fastest laps were deleted, although this was during the session.

Of the 20 competitors, Harrison Newey had the highest total of laps deleted with six, while Lance Stroll, Callum Ilott and Niko Kari were the only drivers not to have laps taken away.

REVISED QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.107s -
2 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.187s 0.080s
3 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.257s 0.150s
4 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.284s 0.177s
5 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.339s 0.232s
6 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.423s 0.316s
7 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.615s 0.508s
8 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.617s 0.510s
9 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.676s 0.569s
10 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.776s 0.669s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.891s 0.784s
12 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.043s 0.936s
13 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.118s 1.011s
14 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.223s 1.116s
15 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.401s 1.294s
16 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.432s 1.325s
17 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.587s 1.480s
18 Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.856s 1.749s
19 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.894s 1.787s
- Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m45.003s 10.896s


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