Anthoine Hubert closed the points gap on ART Grand Prix teammate Callum Ilott by taking a maiden GP3 Series pole position for Saturday’s feature race at Silverstone.
Renault-affiliated driver Hubert delivered an epic late lap, going quickest in all three sectors, to set a 1m46.033s, 0.102s clear of the rest of the field.
ART teammate Nikita Mazepin was one of the only frontrunners to improve with his last flying lap, the Russian jumping into the second spot ahead of Trident's Giuliano Alesi.
Alesi enjoyed his best qualifying of the year having taken his first GP3 win at Silverstone 12 months ago.
Red Bull Ring polesitter and feature race winner Ilott was unable to improve on his last run and took fourth, having topped the session earlier on.
He headed early pacesetter Ryan Tveter (Trident), who beat teammate Alessio Lorandi by 0.001s into fifth.
Lorandi, driving with a steel plate in his shoulder because of a broken collarbone, lost one of his late laps to a moment at Copse, but managed to avoid a spin.
Dorian Boccolacci’s last lap had put him in the top five, but he was bumped back to seventh ahead of the final ART car of Jake Hughes and Campos pair Leonardo Pulcini and Simo Laaksonen.
Pulcini – third in the standings – had been fastest with four minutes to go, but struggled to improve on his last two attempts.
|1||Anthoine Hubert||ART Grand Prix||1'46.033|
|2||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||1'46.135||0.102|
|4||Callum Ilott||ART Grand Prix||1'46.348||0.315|
|7||Dorian Boccolacci||MP Motorsport||1'46.710||0.677|
|8||Jake Hughes||ART Grand Prix||1'46.712||0.679|
|9||Leonardo Pulcini||Campos Racing||1'46.790||0.757|
|10||Simo Laaksonen||Campos Racing||1'46.871||0.838|
|12||Diego Menchaca||Campos Racing||1'46.987||0.954|
|13||Joey Mawson||Arden International||1'47.094||1.061|
|14||Julien Falchero||Arden International||1'47.145||1.112|
|15||Juan Manuel Correa||Jenzer Motorsport||1'47.159||1.126|
|16||David Beckmann||Jenzer Motorsport||1'47.187||1.154|
|17||Tatiana Calderon||Jenzer Motorsport||1'47.233||1.200|
|18||Devlin DeFrancesco||MP Motorsport||1'47.304||1.271|
|19||Niko Kari||MP Motorsport||1'47.311||1.278|
|20||Gabriel Aubry||Arden International||1'47.315||1.282|