De Vries soars to maiden pole in Budapest

Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries

McLaren protege and ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries produced the goods in qualifying today by posting the quickest lap in the dying seconds to claim his first GP3 pole. The Dutchman clocked a laptime of 1:32.979 which was almost half a second faster than Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry who had been sat pretty at the top of the timesheet. Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was third after leading the qualifying battle early on.

Very hot temperatures set the scene for the thirty minute qualifying session with Campos Racing’s Alex Palou setting the initial pace. Fuoco was then busy lighting timing screens in purple in sector two and three to go P1 ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Artur Janosz, Jake Dennis and Giuliano Alesi.

ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon was first to dip into the 1m33’s and held a one tenth advantage over Fuoco. The session was briefly red flagged after Steijn Schothorst stopped at Turn 7. When the session resumed, there were just under seven minutes left on the clock remaining and at this point Series leader Charles Leclerc was down in P11.

Ralph Boschung shot to second, a mere 0.026s off Albon before Fuoco found some extra pace to return to the head of the timings. Leclerc also was on the move and was up to P3. But it was Parry who looked racy and he rose to provisional pole with a tenth in hand.

Fuoco tried to his best to respond but he was 0.014s shy of the Brit’s best effort. Dennis was also on the attack as he went third quickest but all eyes were on De Vries as the ART Grand Prix rookie impressively flew to the top of the timesheet by almost half a second.

At the checkered flag, De Vries was overjoyed to pocket his maiden GP3 pole ahead of Parry in second who had his best qualifying result of the season. Fuoco, Dennis, Nirei Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Jack Aitken, Albon, Arjun Maini and Boschung completed the top ten.

Race 1 takes place today at 17.20 (GMT+2).

Qualifying

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nyck de Vries

ART Grand Prix

1:32.979

12

2.

Matthew Parry

Koiranen GP

1:33.464

14

3.

Antonio Fuoco

Trident

1:33.478

14

4.

Jake Dennis

Arden International

1:33.548

13

5.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:33.660

14

6.

Charles Leclerc

ART Grand Prix

1:33.672

13

7.

Jack Aitken

Arden International

1:33.682

13

8.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:33.866

12

9.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:33.874

13

10.

Ralph Boschung

Koiranen GP

1:33.892

13

11.

Kevin Joerg

DAMS

1:33.974

12

12.

Alex Palou

Campos Racing

1:34.017

12

13.

Matevos Isaakyan

Koiranen GP

1:34.053

13

14.

Artur Janosz

Trident

1:34.056

13

15.

Richard Gonda

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.114

12

16.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:34.177

12

17.

Tatiana Calderon

Arden International

1:34.225

11

18.

Konstantin Tereschenko

Campos Racing

1:34.233

13

19.

Jake Hughes

DAMS

1:34.322

13

20.

Akash Nandy

Jenzer Motorsport

1:34.462

14

21.

Sandy Stuvik

Trident

1:34.520

13

22.

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:34.609

12

23.

Steijn Schothorst

Campos Racing

1:34.678

10

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