Barcelona GP3: Renault's Aitken takes pole for season opener

Renault Formula 1 academy driver Jack Aitken took the first pole of the 2017 GP3 season after surging to the top of the times late on in qualifying at Barcelona.

Barcelona GP3: Renault's Aitken takes pole for season opener
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Nirei Fukuzumi, ART Grand Prix
Dorian Boccolacci, Trident
Alessio Lorandi, Jenzer Motorsport
Anthoine Hubert, ART Grand Prix
Niko Kari, Arden International

Aitken, who beat his ART Grand Prix teammate Nirei Fukuzumi to the top spot, lit up the timing screens in the first two sectors to go quickest on his final lap at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and claim his first-ever GP3 pole.

Trident driver Dorian Boccolacci – the fastest driver in pre-season testing at Barcelona – had held first place after the field had completed their first series of flying laps, but could not improve as much as Aitken and Fukuzumi on his final run and ended up third.

Mercedes F1 junior driver George Russell finished fourth in his first GP3 qualifying session, ahead of Arden’s Leonardo Pulcini and Jenzer Motorsport racer Arjun Maini.

Giuliano Alesi – son of former F1 racer Jean – was seventh-fastest, just in front of Alessio Lorandi, reigning Italian Formula 4 champion Marcos Siebert and Anthoine Hubert, who completed the top 10 for ART.

Santino Ferrucci and Tatiana Calderon – F1 development drivers for Haas and Sauber respectively – qualified 14th and 18th for DAMS.

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Qualifying results

Pos.#DriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1 1 united_kingdom Jack Aitken france ART Grand Prix 12 1'34.187  
2 2 japan  Nirei Fukuzumi france ART Grand Prix 12 1'34.358 0.171
3 12 france Dorian Boccolacci italy Trident 13 1'34.380 0.193
4 3 united_kingdom George Russell france ART Grand Prix 13 1'34.468 0.281
5 6 italy Leonardo Pulcini united_kingdom Arden International 13 1'34.602 0.415
6 24 india Arjun Maini switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 13 1'34.685 0.498
7 10 france Giuliano Alesi italy Trident 13 1'34.708 0.521
8 22 italy Alessio Lorandi switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 13 1'34.720 0.533
9 28 argentina  Marcos Siebert spain Campos Racing 14 1'34.788 0.601
10 4 france Anthoine Hubert france ART Grand Prix 12 1'34.866 0.679
11 5 finland Niko Kari united_kingdom Arden International 13 1'34.964 0.777
12 27 south_africa Raoul Hyman spain Campos Racing 14 1'35.031 0.844
13 7 netherlands Steijn Schothorst united_kingdom Arden International 13 1'35.041 0.854
14 14 united_states Santino Ferrucci france DAMS 12 1'35.070 0.883
15 26 france Julien Falchero spain Campos Racing 12 1'35.088 0.901
16 11 united_states Ryan Tveter italy Trident 14 1'35.224 1.037
17 9 switzerland  Kevin Jorg italy Trident 12 1'35.423 1.236
18 15 colombia Tatiana Calderon france DAMS 13 1'35.613 1.426
19 16 brazil Bruno Baptista france DAMS 12 1'35.851 1.664
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