Beckmann pips Hubert to pole in Monza qualifying

David Beckmann
David Beckmann

Trident’s David Beckmann celebrated his second consecutive pole position in GP3 Series Qualifying at Monza, Italy, squeezing past ART Grand Prix’s Anthoine Hubert by 0.011s to set a 1:37.959 as Leonardo Pulcini of Campos Vexatec Racing qualified third at his home circuit. The session was preceded by a 10-minute Free Practice session, which was topped by Jenzer Motorsport’s Tatiana Calderon.

After this morning’s Free Practice was cancelled following a heavy deluge of rain, a shortened session was provided ahead of Qualifying. With the drivers eager to take advantage, Callum Iplot got the running underway and set the opening timed lap before being overhauled by his ART teammates. Ryan Tveter then went quickest, before Beckmann leapfrogged his Trident teammate before Nikita Mazepin leaped to the top. Calderon then beat the Russian’s benchmark, later improving to a 1:40.120 to head the times.

Hubert was first on the road once the qualifying session opened for business, leading out ART stablemates Iplot, Mazepin and Jake Hughes to the circuit. The quartet were first to set timed laps, with Hughes taking the initiative before Tveter set the first time in the 1m39s. Mazepin beat the American on his next lap, but Beckmann dispatched him shortly after.

Hughes then seemed to claim first before the mid-session tire switch, but Mazepin and Giuliano Alesi bumped the British driver down to third before pitting. MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor was first to return to the circuit on new tires, as rain flirted briefly with the second half of the session. Once the drivers had got their new tires rubbered in, Beckmann returned to the top of the standings before Hubert smashed his lap by half a second to get into the 1m37s.

Beckmann regrouped and managed to edge the Frenchman by 0.011s, going into the final stages as the man to beat. Despite a brilliant opening sector, Pulcini was unable to clinch pole at home, slotting into third position behind Hubert as Juan Manuel Correa beat Alesi to fourth on his final lap. Iplot emerged sixth fastest, beating Tveter, while Calderon secured eighth place. Pedro Piquet and Niko Kari completed the top ten.

Free Practice Classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

LAPTIME

LAPS

1

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:40.045

6

2

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:40.165

5

3

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:40.191

5

4

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:40.233

5

5

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:40.339

6

6

David Beckmann

Trident

1:40.511

6

7

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:40.622

6

8

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:40.667

6

9

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:40.710

5

10

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:40.727

6

11

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:40.856

5

12

Devlin DeFrancesco

MP Motorsport

1:40.889

6

13

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:40.989

5

14

Jannes Fittje

Jenzer Motorsport

1:41.166

6

15

Callum Iplot

ART Grand Prix

1:41.316

5

16

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:41.354

6

17

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:41.447

5

18

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:41.519

6

19

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:41.759

6

20

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:42.569

5


Qualifying Session Provisional Classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

LAPTIME

LAPS

1

David Beckmann

Trident

1:37.959

14

2

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:37.970

14

3

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:38.158

13

4

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:38.181

14

5

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:38.203

16

6

Callum Iplot

ART Grand Prix

1:38.255

15

7

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:38.289

15

8

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:38.333

15

9

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:38.408

14

10

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:38.487

15

11

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:38.586

14

12

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:38.620

14

13

Jannes Fittje

Jenzer Motorsport

1:38.748

16

14

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:38.850

13

15

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:38.896

14

16

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:38.965

14

17

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:39.035

16

18

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:39.049

14

19

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:39.109

16

20

Devlin DeFrancesco

MP Motorsport

1:39.635

14

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