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07/30/11
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GP3: Valtteri Bottas takes maiden pole  
Bottas on pole
Valtteri Bottas took his first GP3 pole position for Lotus ART after leading the rest of the field for most of the thirty minutes session at Hungaroring today, and confirming he is on fine form following his success last week at Nurburgring. The Series race winner was 0.330 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lock out the front row of the grid for the French team.

The field hit the track on Pirelli’s P Zero slick tires in warm and sunny conditions for the early morning session. Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was the first driver to break the 1 min 39s barrier to go top of the timesheet in a frantic first few minutes of qualifying as the thirty strong grid battled to find clean air. MW Arden’s Mitch Evans took his turn at the top as did Nico Müller, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Michael Christensen as the times tumbled.

With less than ten minutes gone in the session Bottas once again showed that Lotus ART is the team to beat this weekend. The Finn went quickest with a 1:37.734 lap time and would go unchallenged until the dying minutes of the session. In a carbon copy of Practice 2 yesterday it was Calado who edged closest to his teammate in second, but Bottas responded by going even quicker and making sure that the pole would be his today.

With the front row secured by the 2010 team champions, the battle for third spot livened up the rest of the pack, with Aaro Vainio looking like he would snatch the spot from Tom Dillmann, Müller and Christensen as all four men rivaled to find the extra pace on the busy track. However, after the checkered flag had been waved to signal the end of qualifying Evans flew over the line to snatch third spot bumping the Tech 1 Racing driver to fourth. Christensen will start fifth ahead of Rio Haryanto, Müller, Dillmann, Quaife-Hobbs and Pedro Nunes ensuring all three Lotus ART’s will start in the top ten. Series leader Alexander Sims will start from eleventh.

Qualifying times:

POS NO DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 2 V. BOTTAS Lotus ART 1:36.763 11 0.000s
2 3 J. CALADO Lotus ART 1:37.093 11 0.330
3 26 M. EVANS MW Arden 1:37.192 14 0.429
4 17 A. VAINIO Tech 1 Racing 1:37.273 13 0.510
5 30 M. CHRISTENSEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:37.354 12 0.591
6 11 R. HARYANTO Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.396 14 0.633
7 7 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.466 13 0.703
8 23 T. DILLMANN Addax Team 1:37.477 14 0.714
9 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.515 16 0.752
10 1 P. NUNES Lotus ART 1:37.567 12 0.804
11 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix 1:37.576 16 0.813
12 27 S. TRUMMER MW Arden 1:37.617 13 0.854
13 14 C. DALY Carlin 1:37.621 13 0.858
14 31 N. MELKER RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:37.623 12 0.860
15 28 L. WILLIAMSON MW Arden 1:37.645 13 0.882
16 12 M. LAINE Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.682 16 0.919
17 20 M. STOCKINGER Atech CRS GP 1:37.931 16 1.168
18 19 T. PAL KISS Tech 1 Racing 1:37.968 13 1.205
19 22 Z. AMBERG Atech CRS GP 1:37.972 15 1.209
20 29 L. BACHETA RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:38.089 13 1.326
21 25 D. SMITH Addax Team 1:38.090 14 1.327
22 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA Status Grand Prix 1:38.094 15 1.331
23 6 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 1:38.162 18 1.399
24 8 M. ZIMIN Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.375 13 1.612
25 21 N. YELLOLY Atech CRS GP 1:38.392 14 1.629
26 9 V. GHIRELLI Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.405 14 1.642
27 16 L. CORDEIRO Carlin 1:38.518 11 1.755
28 15 C. MACLEOD Carlin 1:38.670 15 1.907
29 18 T. HYLKEMA Tech 1 Racing 1:40.474 14 3.711
30 24 G. CHAVES Addax Team 1:43.536 0 -
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