GP3 Silverstone: Mercedes F1 junior George Russell takes pole

Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver George Russell topped GP3 qualifying at Silverstone ahead of his ART Grand Prix team-mate Anthoine Hubert

GP3 Silverstone: Mercedes F1 junior George Russell takes pole

The 2015 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, who claimed his first pole and victory at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, set a best lap of 1m46.608s.

Championship leader and Honda F1 junior Nirei Fukuzumi completed the top three for ART.

Russell was quickest after the first half of the 30-minute session had been completed and although his rivals improved their best times he was able to go quicker still to secure the top spot with an advantage of 0.106s over Hubert.

Dorian Boccolacci qualified fourth ahead of Alessio Lorandi, but will lose three places for tomorrow's feature race after crashing over the rear of Lorandi at the end of race two in Austria.

Renault F1 academy member Jack Aitken ended up sixth in front of his home crowd in the final ART machine.

Niko Kari was seventh for Arden International ahead of Arjun Maini and Ryan Tveter.

Julien Falchero rounded out the top 10 for Campos Racing.

Ferrari F1 junior Giuliano Alesi qualified 12th for the Trident squad, while Bruno Baptista, who is racing despite hurting his back in an airborne accident at the last round in Austria, will start 18th for DAMS, just in front of his team-mate Tatiana Calderon.

QUALIFYING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m46.608s
2 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 0.106s
3 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 0.225s
4 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 0.444s
5 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 0.474s
6 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 0.482s
7 Niko Kari Arden International 0.651s
8 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 0.804s
9 Ryan Tveter Trident 0.804s
10 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 0.865s
11 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 0.963s
12 Giuliano Alesi Trident 0.980s
13 Kevin Jorg Trident 1.050s
14 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1.069s
15 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1.215s
16 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1.290s
17 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1.369s
18 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1.936s
19 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 2.285s

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