Red Bull Ring GP3: Leclerc dominates qualifying, leads ART 1-2-3-5

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Red Bull Ring GP3: Leclerc dominates qualifying, leads ART 1-2-3-5
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Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc was untouchable in GP3 qualifying at the Red Bull Ring, claiming his maiden pole by a margin of half a second.

Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Nyck De Vries, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix

Leclerc reigned supreme on a day dominated by his ART Grand Prix team as its other drivers finished second, third and fifth.

Having topped both testing and free practice, Leclerc set the early pace with a low-1m20s lap and then retook the spot from teammate Nyck de Vries with a 1m19.769s lap before the mid-session break.

Albon, having been second at halfway point, briefly challenged Leclerc by surpassing his provisional pole time by 0.003s with five minutes to go.

But the Ferrari junior had a lot more time up his sleeve, stringing together three session-best sectors to produce a 1m19.041s, smashing his own Red Bull Ring GP3 record from testing.

That put the Monegasque well out of reach for his teammates, Albon improving to half a second off, which proved enough to give the Thai driver a spot on the front row.

De Vries just narrowly headed Koiranen driver Ralph Boschung for third, while Nirei Fukuzumi was last of the ART Grand Prix quartet in fifth.

Matt Parry will start right behind teammate Boschung in sixth, with Oscar Tunjo moving up to seventh at the chequered flag.

Jake Dennis and DAMS duo Jake Hughes and Santino Ferrucci will make up the top 10.

Qualifying results

Pos.#DriverTeamLapsTimeGapKph
1 1 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 17 1'19.041   197.031
2 3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 16 1'19.567 0.526 195.729
3 4 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 16 1'19.734 0.693 195.319
4 17 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 17 1'19.775 0.734 195.219
5 2 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 17 1'19.842 0.801 195.055
6 14 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 17 1'19.868 0.827 194.991
7 20 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 16 1'19.878 0.837 194.967
8 9 Jake Dennis Arden International 17 1'19.917 0.876 194.872
9 27 Jake Hughes DAMS 14 1'19.925 0.884 194.852
10 26 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 16 1'19.980 0.939 194.718
11 5 Antonio Fuoco Trident 16 1'20.080 1.039 194.475
12 8 Sandy Stuvik Trident 17 1'20.102 1.061 194.422
13 10 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 17 1'20.104 1.063 194.417
14 6 Artur Janosz Trident 15 1'20.126 1.085 194.363
15 11 Jack Aitken Arden International 17 1'20.227 1.186 194.119
16 16 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 17 1'20.294 1.253 193.957
17 22 Alex Palou Campos Racing 17 1'20.309 1.268 193.920
18 23 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 17 1'20.378 1.337 193.754
19 28 Kevin Joerg DAMS 15 1'20.429 1.388 193.631
20 19 Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 15 1'20.579 1.538 193.271
21 18 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 16 1'20.593 1.552 193.237
22 24 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 16 1'20.651 1.610 193.098

 

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