GP3 Silverstone: Hubert closes on points leader Ilott with pole

Anthoine Hubert reduced his points deficit to ART Grand Prix team-mate Callum Ilott by taking a maiden GP3 Series pole position for Saturday's feature race at Silverstone

Renault affiliated driver Hubert delivered an epic late lap, setting the fastest time in all three sectors to record a 1m46.033s.

That left him 0.102 seconds clear of the rest of the field, handing him an additional four points having twice finished outside the top 10 at the previous Red Bull Ring round.

Fellow ART driver Nikita Mazepin, who collided with Hubert in Austria and knocked both out of the top 10, was one of the only frontrunners to improve with his last flying lap in qualifying, the Russian jumping into second ahead of Giuliano Alesi.

Trident driver Alesi topped Friday's earlier practice session, and scored his best qualifying result of the year at the same track at which he took his first GP3 win 12 months ago.

Red Bull Ring polesitter and feature race winner Ilott was unable to improve on his final run and took fourth, having topped the session earlier.

Ilott now has 69 points to Hubert's 67.

The championship leader headed early pacesetter Ryan Tveter, in the second Trident-run car, who beat his team-mate Alessio Lorandi by 0.001s into fifth.

Lorandi, driving with a steel plate in his shoulder because of a broken collarbone, lost one of his late chances to improve to a moment at Copse, although the correction to prevent a spin entertained the watching crowd.

Dorian Boccolacci's last had put him him in the top five, but he was bumped back by Tveter and Lorandi and will instead start the feature race from seventh, ahead of the final ART-run car of Jake Hughes, Leonardo Pulcini and Simo Laaksonen.

Pulcini - third in the standings - had been fastest with four minutes to go in his Campos-run car, but struggled to improve on his last two attempts.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m46.033s -
2 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1m46.135s 0.102s
3 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m46.271s 0.238s
4 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1m46.348s 0.315s
5 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m46.705s 0.672s
6 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1m46.706s 0.673s
7 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 1m46.710s 0.677s
8 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1m46.712s 0.679s
9 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m46.790s 0.757s
10 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1m46.871s 0.838s
11 Pedro Piquet Trident 1m46.907s 0.874s
12 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 1m46.987s 0.954s
13 Joey Mawson Arden International 1m47.094s 1.061s
14 Julien Falchero Arden International 1m47.145s 1.112s
15 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.159s 1.126s
16 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.187s 1.154s
17 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 1m47.233s 1.200s
18 Devlin Defrancesco MP Motorsport 1m47.304s 1.271s
19 Niko Kari MP Motorsport 1m47.311s 1.278s
20 Gabriel Aubry Arden International 1m47.315s 1.282s

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