Artem Markelov (1m27.957) will start the Budapest feature race seventh on the grid after a close qualifying session around the tight, twisty Hungaroring circuit. Team mate Tadasuke Makino (1m28.750s), meanwhile, faces a challenging task from the back of the grid after a crash in morning practice and a gear-shifting problem in qualifying.
Pole position was claimed by Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara (1m27.400s), ahead of ART’s Jack Aitken (1m27.430s) and PREMA’s Nyck De Vries (1m27.631s).
Artem Markelov: «My time was set on my first run. On my second one I was not optimum through Turns 2/3 and then ran a bit wide onto the Turn 4 kerb. But the times are close, track temperature and ttre management are always issues here and I’m sure I can have a strong race from seventh on the grid.”
Tadasuke Makino: “Things did not go my way today. In practice I had some snap oversteer in Turn 3 and went off. I had only done four laps and so didn’t get to learn much about what is quite a technical circuit. Then, in qualifying I had a gearshift issue on my first run and didn’t get a second push lap in. ”
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «This is the start of a busy programme for Artem at Hungaroring as he is due to test the Renault F1 car here next Wednesday. He looked competitive today but unfortunately wasn’t able to make the most of his second run when track conditions were at their best. It is not easy to overtake here, but if anyone can find a way, Artem can! From seventh, a strong race is still very possible. Tada was unfortunatetoday but all is not lost and we will see what we can do strategically tomorrow.”