Felipe Nasr boosted his position in the GP2 title race as he claimed his maiden pole position in the series at the Hungaroring.
Campos Racing were the surprise package of the session, with Arthur Pic and Kimiya Sato holding first and second respectively at the halfway point.
They were relegated by Tom Dillmann, who recovered from a prang in the pitlane at the start of the session to move into provisional pole with an early second run.
Nasr was the class of the field at the end of the session though, setting two laps good enough for pole and finishing up 0.182 seconds clear of Dillmann.
The Campos duo will line up on the second row of the grid. Johnny Cecotto was fifth fastest, but will start eighth having been handed a three-place grid penalty for his collision with Jolyon Palmer during practice.
Practice pacesetter Stoffel Vandoorne will therefore start from fifth ahead of Palmer, who will start a feature race off the front row for the first time this season. Nasr’s four points for pole have cut the gap to championship leader Palmer to 37 points. Raffaele Marciello will start seventh, while Marco Sorensen and Stephane Richelmi will complete the top ten.
Richelmi had sat second between Vandoorne and Palmer after the opening flying laps but then ground to a halt against the pit wall and did not rejoin the session.
Mitch Evans – winner of the last two feature races – was 11th and Stefano Coletti – winner of the Hockenheim sprint race and a top four finisher in each of the last six races – was only 15th. The top 21 drivers were covered by just 0.856 seconds.
|2||Tom Dillmann||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:28.618||0.182||10|
|3||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||1:28.643||0.207||11|
|4||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||1:28.658||0.222||12|
|6||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||1:28.740||0.304||11|
|8||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||1:28.932||0.496||11|
|9||Marco Sorensen||MP Motorsport||1:28.935||0.499||12|
|11||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||1:28.969||0.533||13|
|14||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.125||0.689||13|
|15||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||1:29.139||0.703||12|
|17||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:29.143||0.707||11|
|18||Nathanael Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:29.217||0.781||11|
|19||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:29.233||0.797||12|
|20||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:29.277||0.841||11|
|21||Andre Negrao||Arden International||1:29.292||0.856||14|
|23||Jon Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.680||1.244||12|
|24||Rene Binder||Arden International||1:29.895||1.459||10|
|25||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:30.078||1.642||11|
|26||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||1:30.427||1.991||10|