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Luiz Razia powers to maiden GP2 pole in Budapest
Luiz Razia
Luiz Razia snatched his first ever GP2 pole position for Caterham Team AirAsia – also a first for the Malaysian squad, today at Hungaroring in a closely fought qualifying session that saw the young Brazilian go top in the dying minutes ahead of Luca Filippi and Marcus Ericsson.

The excepted thunderstorms were nowhere in sight as the pitlane opened and it was on a dry track and warm temperatures that the thirty minute session started. Already quick in this morning’s free practice, Fabio Leimer was the first one to set the pace in a 1:30.803. But ten minutes into the session two men looked like serious pole contenders: Romain Grosjean claimed the top spot but was edged out seconds later by Razia who bettered the Frenchman’s time by 0.02s.

As most of the drivers re-entered pitlane at mid-session for fresh rubbers, Filippi took advantage of a clearer track to go quickest by 0.2s before making his way back to the pits. When the action picked up again and the drivers went back on track for a last stint, Filippi was sitting pretty at the top of the timesheet, Giedo van der Garde in tow. The Dutchman however was once again stricken by mechanical gremlins and made his way back to the pits at a very slow pace. He rejoined with seven minutes left on the clock, but could not improve. In P3, Grosjean was looking for more but never seemed to find the extra pace on a busy track.

With five minutes left on the clock, Ericsson put his head down and moved up to P2, but it was Razia who eventually found his way to pole position posting a laptime of 1:30.411. On his last attempt, Filippi looked set to improve the Brazilian’s time with a quickest sector 1, but Adam Carroll spun and briefly stopped at Turn 6 prompting a yellow flag and ending the Italian’s hopes.

Razia could finally pocket his first GP2 pole ahead of Filippi and Ericsson. Charles Pic finished P4 ahead of Series leader and title rival Grosjean. Jules Bianchi, Giedo van der Garde, Fabio Leimer, Esteban Gutierrez and Sam Bird rounded up the Top ten.

Budapest – Qualifying session
Pos Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:30.411 12
2. Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.551 13
3. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.557 13
4. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:30.742 15
5. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:30.746 16
6. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:30.752 13
7. Giedo Van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:30.760 14
8. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:30.803 13
9. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 1:30.826 13
10. Sam Bird iSport International 1:30.890 16
11. Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.935 14
12. Josef Kral Arden International 1:30.936 14
13. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:30.974 14
14. Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:31.080 13
15. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:31.122 14
16. Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:31.175 13
17. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:31.229 14
18. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.239 14
19 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1:31.312 16
20. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:31.396 14
21. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:31.513 15
22. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.541 15
23. Julian Leal Rapax 1:31.542 16
24. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.578 16
25. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:31.755 15
26. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.779 14
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