GP3 – Quaife-Hobbs Clinches Monza Pole

September 10, 2011

GP 3

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took his second GP3 Series™ pole position for Marussia Manor Racing in the final seconds of qualifying at Autodromo Nazionale Monza today. The British driver finished 0.062 seconds ahead of Nico Müller who was on course to take his maiden pole position of the season for Jenzer Motorsport.

When the lights went green all thirty cars fed out the track on slick tyres for the early morning session. Rio Haryanto was the early pace setter for Marussia Manor Racing, and except for a brief spell at the top for Series leader Valtteri Bottas it was the Indonesian who led the way for the first half of the session. Title contender Alexander Sims was the first to better Haryanto’s time going 0.050 seconds quicker than the Manor driver, but was soon bumped down the order by Bottas and Haryanto who moved back on top. 
Midway through qualifying Bottas had regained P1 before the field made their way back into the pits for fresh rubber and last attempt at snatching the top spot. It was all about who could get that all important tow around the high-speed Italian track. With the session coming to a close Haryanto was still looking strong at the top until Nico Müller went quicker on his final attempt at pole. With the rest of field unable to match the Jenzer driver’s pace it looked he had done enough, but Quaife-Hobbs put together the perfect last gasp lap to bag pole.
Muller ended the session second followed by Haryanto, Mitch Evans and the Lotus ART duo of Bottas and James Calado. Sims qualified 11th and Nigel Melker 13th.
GP3 Series will be back on track this afternoon for Race 1 of the weekend at 17:20 local time.
Qualifying times:
POS
NO
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
GAP
1
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
Marussia Manor Racing
1:43.788
15
2
7
N. MULLER
Jenzer Motorsport
1:43.850
15
0.062
3
11
R. HARYANTO
Marussia Manor Racing
1:43.943
15
0.155
4
26
M. EVANS
MW Arden
1:44.030
15
0.242
5
2
V. BOTTAS
Lotus ART
1:44.058
15
0.270
6
3
J. CALADO
Lotus ART
1:44.093
15
0.305
7
27
S. TRUMMER
MW Arden
1:44.215
14
0.427
8
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:44.241
14
0.453
9
19
T. PAL KISS
Tech 1 Racing
1:44.256
14
0.468
10
23
T. DILLMANN
Addax Team
1:44.263
14
0.475
11
4
A. SIMS
Status Grand Prix
1:44.288
14
0.500
12
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
Status Grand Prix
1:44.465
15
0.677
13
31
N. MELKER
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:44.471
14
0.683
14
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
Status Grand Prix
1:44.475
14
0.687
15
24
G. CHAVES
Addax Team
1:44.560
15
0.772
16
17
A. VAINIO
Tech 1 Racing
1:44.584
13
0.796
17
14
C. DALY
Carlin
1:44.715
14
0.927
18
22
Z. AMBERG
Atech CSR GP
1:44.765
14
0.977
19
28
L. WILLIAMSON
MW Arden
1:44.800
13
1.012
20
12
M. LAINE
Marussia Manor Racing
1:44.858
14
1.070
21
25
V. GHIRELLI
Addax Team
1:44.867
14
1.079
22
8
M. ZIMIN
Jenzer Motorsport
1:44.981
13
1.193
23
1
R. STANAWAY
Lotus ART
1:45.004
13
1.216
24
15
C. MACLEOD
Carlin
1:45.076
15
1.288
25
20
M. STOCKINGER
Atech CRS GP
1:45.293
13
1.505
26
29
D. MANCINELLI
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:45.330
13
1.542
27
18
T. HYLKEMA
Tech 1 Racing
1:45.363
13
1.575
28
21
N. YELLOLY
Atech CRS GP
1:45.760
13
1.972
29
16
L. CORDEIRO
Carlin
1:45.841
13
2.053
30
9
C. HURNI
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.355
14
2.567
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