Silverstone GP3: Russell leads ART 1-2-3 in qualifying

Mercedes F1 junior George Russell claimed his second consecutive GP3 pole position, leading two of his ART teammates at Silverstone.

Silverstone GP3: Russell leads ART 1-2-3 in qualifying
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
Steijn Schothorst, Arden International
Bruno Baptista, DAMS
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Ryan Tveter, Trident
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Russell first took the lead with 22 minutes to go with a 1m47.526s, and improved again by two tenths before the end of his first run.

While he was demoted by his teammates Jack Aitken and Nirei Fukuzumi before he completed his first flyer in the second part of the session, he then retook the lead with a time of 1m46.608s.

Anthoine Hubert jumped up to second soon afterwards, falling just one tenth short of Russell's benchmark.

The rookie duo ended up taking first and second, with Fukuzumi completing an ART 1-2-3.

The fourth ART car of Aitken was only sixth-fastest, the Renault junior's progress in qualifying slightly compromised by him putting two wheels on the grass at the final turn early in the session.

He was narrowly beaten by Dorian Boccolacci and Alessio Lorandi, the duo finishing as the top non-ART drivers.

However, as Boccolacci had been given a three-place grid penalty in Austria for causing a collision, he will only start seventh, promoting Lorandi, Aitken and Red Bull junior Niko Kari.

Jenzer's Arjun Maini was eighth, followed by Trident's Ryan Tveter and Campos driver Julien Falchero.

Qualifying results:

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGap
1 united_kingdom George Russell  france ART Grand Prix 1'46.608  
2 france Anthoine Hubert  france ART Grand Prix 1'46.714 0.106
3 japan Nirei Fukuzumi  france ART Grand Prix 1'46.833 0.225
4 italy Alessio Lorandi  switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'47.082 0.474
5 united_kingdom Jack Aitken  france ART Grand Prix 1'47.090 0.482
6 finland Niko Kari  united_kingdom Arden International 1'47.259 0.651
7 france Dorian Boccolacci* italy Trident 1'47.052 0.444
8 india Arjun Maini  switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'47.412 0.804
9 united_states Ryan Tveter  italy Trident 1'47.412 0.804
10 france Julien Falchero  spain Campos Racing 1'47.473 0.865
11 south_africa Raoul Hyman  spain Campos Racing 1'47.571 0.963
12 france Giuliano Alesi  italy Trident 1'47.588 0.980
13 switzerland Kevin Jörg  italy Trident 1'47.658 1.050
14 italy Leonardo Pulcini  united_kingdom Arden International 1'47.677 1.069
15 netherlands Steijn Schothorst  united_kingdom Arden International 1'47.823 1.215
16 united_states Santino Ferrucci  france DAMS 1'47.898 1.290
17 argentina Marcos Siebert  spain Campos Racing 1'47.977 1.369
18 brazil Bruno Baptista  france DAMS 1'48.544 1.936
19 colombia Tatiana Calderon  france DAMS 1'48.893 2.285

* denotes three-place grid penalty 

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