McLaren F1 junior Nyck de Vries takes first GP3 pole at Hungaroring

McLaren protege Nyck de Vries claimed his first GP3 pole position with the final lap of a scrappy qualifying session at the Hungaroring

McLaren F1 junior Nyck de Vries takes first GP3 pole at Hungaroring

The ART driver came out on top as a number of drivers struggled for grip with lower track temperatures and several had track limit issues.

It looked as if Koiranen GP's Matt Parry would hold on for pole before de Vries snatched it away with a lap of 1m32.979s, which put the Dutchman 0.4 seconds clear of the Briton.

Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco had been engaged in close battle with Parry for the top stop in the closing minutes of the session, but the Trident driver had to settle for third.

Jake Dennis had a time deleted for exceeding track limits midway through the session and he ended up fourth for Arden, with Nirei Fukuzumi fifth for ART.

Championship leader Charles Leclerc was sixth, a day after he made his second Formula 1 practice appearance for Haas.

Jack Aitken finished seventh for Arden, one spot in front of title challenger and Silverstone race winner Alexander Albon.

Recent Formula 3 convert Arjun Maini and Ralph Boschung rounded out the top 10 for Jenzer Motorsport and Koiranen.

Campos driver Alex Palou and DAMS' Jake Hughes both appeared at the top of the standings early on, but could only manage 12th and 19th respectively, while Haas F1 development driver Santino Ferrucci will start down in 22nd.

Steijn Schothorst, who lost the top spot due to a track limits infringement at the halfway stage, caused a red flag late in the session when he came to a stop on the exit of Turn 7 and had to be recovered by the marshals.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1m32.979s -
2 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m33.464s 0.485s
3 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1m33.478s 0.499s
4 Jake Dennis Arden International 1m33.548s 0.569s
5 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m33.660s 0.681s
6 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1m33.672s 0.693s
7 Jack Aitken Arden International 1m33.682s 0.703s
8 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m33.866s 0.887s
9 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.874s 0.895s
10 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1m33.892s 0.913s
11 Kevin Jorg DAMS 1m33.974s 0.995s
12 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m34.017s 1.038s
13 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1m34.053s 1.074s
14 Artur Janosz Trident 1m34.056s 1.077s
15 Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.114s 1.135s
16 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m34.177s 1.198s
17 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1m34.225s 1.246s
18 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 1m34.233s 1.254s
19 Jake Hughes DAMS 1m34.322s 1.343s
20 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.462s 1.483s
21 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1m34.520s 1.541s
22 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m34.609s 1.630s
23 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1m34.678s 1.699s

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