Robin Frijns edged Kevin Magnussen to take pole position for the second Formula Renault 3.5 race of the weekend in Hungary
The two rookies, who were the class of the field on Saturday as well, traded blows in the final stages of Sunday morning's session, with championship leader Frijns coming out on top by just 0.007 seconds to secure his second pole position of the weekend.
, the Dutchman had been the pacesetter for the majority of the session, before facing an onslaught in the closing stages as others improved.
Kevin Korjus, Arthur Pic and Magnussen all enjoyed brief stints at the top, before Frijns managed to regain pole with two minutes remaining. He and Magnussen kept setting very similar times for the rest of the session, but neither could quite improve.
Pic ended up best of the rest for DAMS in third, while Antonio Felix da Costa was the only frontrunner to improve in the final minute as he took fourth. Marco Sorensen rounded out the top five.
Will Stevens completed a good qualifying for Carlin by taking his best grid position of the season in sixth. Behind him Frijns's championship rivals had to settle for slots on the fourth and fifth rows of the grid.
Jules Bianchi, who is at a tyre disadvantage today after suffering a puncture in Saturday's qualifying, could only manage seventh on the grid. But it was looking so much worse earlier on, as the Ferrari junior driver sat 25th after everyone had completed their first runs.
An engine change brought Sam Bird closer to the pace (0.4s off pole compared to 0.7 for race one) after he , but despite briefly looking like a factor in the battle at the front he eventually slipped to ninth, just behind Bianchi's former Tech 1 team-mate Korjus.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Robin Frijns Fortec 1m28.232s 2. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1m28.239s + 0.007s 3. Arthur Pic DAMS 1m28.472s + 0.240s 4. Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 1m28.516s + 0.284s 5. Marco Sorensen Lotus 1m28.531s + 0.299s 6. Will Stevens Carlin 1m28.575s + 0.343s 7. Jules Bianchi Tech 1 1m28.659s + 0.427s 8. Kevin Korjus Lotus 1m28.693s + 0.461s 9. Sam Bird ISR 1m28.712s + 0.480s 10. Alexander Rossi Arden Caterham 1m28.729s + 0.497s 11. Nick Yelloly Comtec 1m28.929s + 0.697s 12. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m29.063s + 0.831s 13. Tamas Pal Kiss BVM Target 1m29.116s + 0.884s 14. Carlos Huertas Fortec 1m29.160s + 0.928s 15. Lucas Foresti DAMS 1m29.184s + 0.952s 16. Mikhail Aleshin RFR 1m29.207s + 0.975s 17. Zoel Amberg Pons 1m29.313s + 1.081s 18. Aaro Vainio RFR 1m29.366s + 1.134s 19. Andre Negrao Draco 1m29.366s + 1.134s 20. Vittorio Ghirelli Comtec 1m29.427s + 1.195s 21. Jake Rosenzweig ISR 1m29.624s + 1.392s 22. Nico Muller Draco 1m29.636s + 1.404s 23. Nikolay Martsenko BVM Target 1m29.770s + 1.538s 24. Daniil Move P1 1m30.152s + 1.920s 25. Daniel Abt Tech 1 1m30.165s + 1.933s 26. Yann Cunha Pons 1m30.184s + 1.952s
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