Hubert wins maiden GP3 pole at Silverstone

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Hubert wins maiden GP3 pole at Silverstone

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Hubert wins maiden GP3 pole at Silverstone

Anthoine Hubert secured his first ever GP3 Series pole in qualifying at Silverstone, clocking in a 1m46.033s to beat ART Grand Prix teammate Nikita Mazepin to the top of the timing boards. Giuliano Alesi of Trident completed the top three, setting his quickest lap time in the dying moments of the session.

As Silverstone’s sunny weather began to cool in the late afternoon, Ryan Tveter brought the running underway followed by Trident teammate Pedro Piquet, and ART pair Jake Hughes and Hubert, and the American set the opening timed lap in the 1m57s during the initial warmup phase. Piquet was the first to set a representative lap — going over ten seconds quicker — before quickly being jostled out of the top by all four ART drivers.

Alessio Lorandi then vaulted above the ART quartet to go first, and a challenge from Niko Kari came to naught after the Finn went wide at Copse corner and lost time. Hughes then pipped Lorandi by fractions of a second, before Tveter briefly went quickest. Callum Ilott then leapfrogged the Trident driver, and was quickly followed by Hughes – who fell short of his teammate’s time by just one hundredth of a second.

Before the cars pulled into the pits to bolt on fresh tires, Hubert squeaked ahead of his ART stablemates to collect the first lap time in the 1m46s. After the session’s short hiatus in running, Leonardo Pulcini and Juan Manuel Correa were first to go for runs on their new hard compound tires – and the former leaped to the top of the standings despite going wide at Copse corner.

Ilott then returned to the top, dispatching Pulcini before he was quickly usurped by Mazepin. The Russian was displaced by Hubert seconds later, who set a 1m46.033s with a trio of purple sectors to leave a solid benchmark heading into the final runs of the session. Mazepin and Ilott improved on their times, but remained second and third as Hubert’s time proved insurmountable. At the checkered flag, Alesi’s fastest first sector wasn’t enough to clear Hubert from provisional pole — the Trident driver ending qualifying in third.

Ilott remained fourth, as Tveter and Lorandi captured the third row for Trident. Dorian Boccolacci was seventh, beating Hughes who was unable to reach the heights of his teammates, as Campos pair Pulcini and Simo Laaksonen rounded out the top ten.

Hubert’s pole brings him to within two points of championship leader Ilott and, with the top 12 all within a second, tomorrow’s Race 1 promises to be an exciting affair.

Driver Team Time Laps
   1 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:46.033

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2

Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:46.135

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3

Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:46.271

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4

Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1:46.348

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5

Ryan Tveter Trident 1:46.705

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6

Alessio Lorandi Trident 1:46.706

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7

Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 1:46.710

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8

Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1:46.712

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9

Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1:46.790

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10

Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1:46.871

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Pedro Piquet Trident 1:46.907

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12

Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 1:46.987

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13

Joey Mawson Arden International 1:47.094

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14

Julien Falchero Arden International 1:47.145

12

15

Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.159

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16

David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.187

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17

Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.233

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18

Devlin DeFrancesco MP Motorsport 1:47.304

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19

Niko Kari MP Motorsport 1:47.311

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20

Gabriel Aubry Arden International 1:47.315

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