Pentus earns first FR3.5 pole

Fortec Motorsport's Sten Pentus took his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 pole position with a late effort at the Hungaroring

Pentus earns first FR3.5 pole

The Estonian jumped up the order from 12th place in the final seconds of the half hour session.

Pentus edged out reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Albert Costa by 0.112 seconds. The Spaniard's final sector was a full second slower than the polesitter's time, leaving his Epsilon Euskadi team boss Joan Villadeprat frustrated.

"We are a bit upset. Not because Albert made a mistake, but because we have wasted the whole weekend going back and forth with the set-up," said Villadelprat. "Eventually we said, 'look we know this set-up works, this is what you are using,' and in the first race he went from 16th to sixth. He thought he was a hero, but we were wondering why he couldn't do that on Friday.

"I think Albert is the fastest driver in the pitlane. If I didn't think he had potential, I wouldn't be annoyed. Today his first sector time was astonishing. He was already fastest and then on his next lap his first sector was four tenths up on his own best. The mistake, though, is the third time this year that we've lost pole."

Daniel Zampieri, who struggled for race pace on Saturday, had a much more competitive showing with today's high downforce settings and took third place for Pons Racing.

Comtec also returned to form having shelved the low-downforce aero configuration (LAC) that is mandatory during Saturday races. Greg Mansell achieved his best grid position of the year with fourth. The Briton had made several good overtaking manoeuvres in race one, before a coming together with KMP's Victor Garcia. He had initially feared that damage from the incident could hamper his pace today.

Championship leader Mikhail Aleshin ended the morning in fifth, and will be joined on the third row by the second Comtec entry of Stefano Coletti, who retired in race one with a broken fuel pump.

Saturday winner Daniel Ricciardo had commented that his dominant display in race one might not translate into a similar performance with today's set-up. The British Formula 3 champion will be disappointed to have been proven correct after qualifying in seventh place for Tech 1 Racing.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sten Pentus Fortec 1m32.957s 2. Albert Costa Epsilon Euskadi 1m33.069s + 0.112s 3. Daniel Zampieri Pons 1m33.118s + 0.161s 4. Greg Mansell Comtec 1m33.162s + 0.205s 5. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1m33.372s + 0.415s 6. Stefano Coletti Comtec 1m33.421s + 0.464s 7. Daniel Ricciardo Tech 1 1m33.521s + 0.564s 8. Walter Grubmuller P1 1m33.535s + 0.578s 9. Jake Rosenzweig Carlin 1m33.545s + 0.588s 10. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 1m33.551s + 0.594s 11. Jon Lancaster Fortec 1m33.588s + 0.631s 12. Anton Nebylitskiy Kmp 1m33.611s + 0.654s 13. Nelson Panciatici Junior Lotus 1m33.619s + 0.662s 14. Victor Garcia Kmp 1m33.854s + 0.897s 15. Keisuke Kunimoto Epsilon Euskadi 1m33.900s + 0.943s 16. Jan Charouz P1 1m34.021s + 1.064s 17. Daniil Move Junior Lotus 1m34.172s + 1.215s 18. Nathanael Berthon Draco 1m34.352s + 1.395s 19. Federico Leo Pons 1m34.354s + 1.397s 20. Julian Leal Draco 1m34.370s + 1.413s 21. Sergio Canamasas FHV Interwetten 1m34.381s + 1.424s 22. Bruno Mendez FHV Interwetten 1m34.499s + 1.542s 
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