Pierre Gasly eases to GP2 pole in Hungary

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Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly eased to his second pole position of the 2016 GP2 Series season in qualifying on Saturday in Hungary.

Gasly arrived in Budapest fresh from breaking his three-year victory drought at Silverstone two weeks ago, lifting himself to third in the drivers’ standings in the process.

The Frenchman produced a stunning lap of 1:25.612 late in qualifying to take pole position by half a second for Prema Powerteam.

It was an improvement Gasly needn’t have made, his previous lap being just 0.05 seconds slower as the rest of the field failed to match his pace.

Sergey Sirotkin qualified second for ART ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi in the second Prema, the Italian’s late lap being ruined by traffic.

Nobuharu Matsushita finished the session fourth ahead of Norman Nato, while Luca Ghiotto qualified sixth for Trident. Arthur Pic followed in P7 with Raffaele Marciello in tow as Jordan King and Marvin Kirchhoffer rounded out the top 10.

With four points for pole, Gasly moves to within a point of series leader Oliver Rowland, who had a qualifying to forget down in 17th place.