Commanding Vainio on pole in Budapest
|2.||A. Felix da Costa||1:36.301|
28 July 2012 – Finland’s Aaro Vainio followed on from his pace-setting practice form to grab the GP3 pole position in Hungary on Saturday morning. With a new lap record, the Finn grabbed the top spot – and the bonus points that go with it – to out-qualify António Félix da Costa of Portugal and New Zealander’s championship leader Mitch Evans.
Once again, temperatures were already building quickly when the 30-minute session got underway, with Northern Ireland’s Will Buller first to top the timesheets. Lotus driver Vainio first hit the top halfway through the period, with Félix da Costa already challenging him. Marlon Stöckinger then sealed provisional pole before the runners pitted for fresh tyres.
Vainio’s ultimate lap time came in the form of 1:36.052, out-pacing his closest rival by a comfortable two and a half tenths of a second. Evans shares the second row with Stöckinger, with Buller and Lewis Williamson together in 12th and 13th places. Alex Brundle and Alice Powell will start 16th and 19th.
Race 1 begins at 5:20pm local time (BST +1) today