Vainio scorches to Budapest pole

Top 3: Vainio, Felix Da Costa, Evans

Finland’s Aaro Vainio is enjoying the Hungaroring this weekend. Fastest yesterday in Free Practice and again today to claim pole in dominant style! The Lotus GP driver broke the circuit record en route to the front of the grid and has clawed back points on Series leader Mitch Evans. Antonio Felix Da Costa and Evans line up second and third.

The 30 minute qualifying session got underway with searing track temperatures of 34 degrees under clear blue skies. Once the installation laps were set, Buller was leading the way until Evans shot to P1. Vainio went quickest with Felix Da Costa rising to P2, ahead of David Fumanelli at the midway point.

Marlon Stockinger recorded the fastest time of the morning to take provisional pole whilst the cars returned to the pitlane to change tires. The shootout for pole got underway with Evans reclaiming back his position at the top of the timings until Vainio set a blistering lap which broke the previous lap record which was 1:36.763, previously held by our reigning GP3 Champion Valtteri Bottas. The Finn’s best lap time was over half a second quicker: 1:36.052 with the Lotus GP driver setting the fastest three sectors of all the drivers, but not all on the same lap, the only thing missing from his checklist today!

Felix Da Costa split Vainio and Evans to qualify second on the grid whilst a late effort from Fumanelli promoted the Italian to fifth place. The top ten finished as Vainio, Felix Da Costa, Evans, Stockinger, Fumanelli, Daniel Abt, Conor Daly, Kevin Ceccon, Matias Laine and Patric Niederhauser.

Race 1 takes place at 17.20 CET later today.


Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:36.052 14
2. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:36.301 13
3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:36.381 11
4. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:36.478 14
5. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:36.541 13
6. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:36.569 14
7. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:36.783 14
8. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:36.807 10
9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:36.866 12
10. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.867 15
11. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.967 15
12. William Buller Carlin 1:37.065 13
13. Lewis Williamson Status Grand Prix 1:37.066 14
14. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 1:37.264 11
15. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:37.282 12
16. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:37.612 13
17. Facu Regalia Atech CRS GP 1:37.625 12
18. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.661 13
19. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:37.730 14
20. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:37.882 12
21. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.528 16
22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:38.560 14
23. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.671 16
24. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:38.706 13
25. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:38.974 13
26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.809 15

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