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Perfect Pole for Nasr in Hungary
Posted by: newsla on Jul 25, 2014 - 04:08 PM
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Perfect Pole for Nasr in Hungary

Felipe Nasr has enjoyed a perfect qualifying session during which he took advantage of a cooling track to claim his first GP2 Series pole of the season at the Hungaroring. The Brazilian racer made sure to set the quickest time of the session when it mattered to put his Carlin car at the very front of the grid ahead of tomorrow’s GP2 Feature Race. Julian Leal unfortunately had a qualifying session marred by traffic which meant he was unable to get a fast lap in during the final half; as a result the Colombian racer will line up in 12th overall.


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As the light at the end of the pit lane turned green to mark the start of the session there was already a small drama unfolding; Tom Dillmann and Sergio Canamasas had briefly come together and both had to be rolled back and allow the cars behind to overtake in order to leave the pit lane and start their laps.

As they did once again Nasr was proving his aptitude around the circuit, with his initial lap placing him in second position overall. However the times quickly fell around him and soon Leal was in fourth and Nasr had dropped to sixth. This continued for the first half of the session with the times falling very dramatically before almost all the drivers made their way into the pit lane at the mid-point.

With just 10 minutes left on the clock the track temperature began to fall and the drivers used the opportunity to set their next flying laps. Nasr and Leal left the pits at this point too – from eighth and 11th respectively.

As the drivers began to set their next laps it was apparent that while some were improving others were struggling with traffic. Nasr was one of the drivers enjoying the track conditions and he quickly moved into provisional pole position. However those around him began to push in an attempt to overthrow him from the top. Nasr held his nerve and in the final minutes set an even faster time to clinch pole position as his own.

As a result Nasr will line up at the very front of the grid while Leal, who was sadly one of the drivers to hit traffic in the latter stages, will start tomorrow’s Feature Race from 12th overall.

Nasr said, ‘The car felt really good and we definitely carried over our strong showing from last weekend and free practice this morning. On my first set of tyres I made a small mistake and didn’t get the best lap as a result. However on the second set I knew the speed was there and that I could put the sectors together which I did and now we’re starting on pole position which feels amazing. The weekend couldn’t have started better for me; now we look ahead to continuing this through the racing this weekend.’

Leal added, ‘It’s a shame to have qualified in 12th because the pace was there and the balance in the car was very good however on my second set of tyres I caught so much traffic. It seemed that every time came in to the third sector someone was in front of me either locking up or slowing down. As a result I just couldn’t get the lap in. But we know that we can have a good race from where we start tomorrow and we just have to push to move further up the field.’

The GP2 Series Feature Race will get underway tomorrow at 15.40 local time.

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