First pole position in GP3
In Silverstone, Anthoine ousted the bad luck which had set in the cockpit of his Dallara in Austria, a week earlier. Despite laborious trials ended at the 7th place, the leader of the ART Grand Prix team progressed significantly in qualifications and he succeeded his first pole position in the category. « Usually, the car is efficient since it arrives on the track but then, it was not and I wasn’t very confident before the qualifications. But we worked very well and we succeeded this pole position, on my grandfather’s birthday and the day my brother got his baccalaureate, it was a great day ! » said Anthoine enthusiastically.
|1.||Alesi (Trident) 1:46.492|
|2.||Kari (MP Motorsport Racing) 1:46.601|
|3.||Boccolacci (MP Motorsport Racing) 1:46.650|
|17.||Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix) 1:47.788|
|1.||Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix) 1:46.033|
|2.||Mazepin (ART Grand Prix) 1:46.135|
|3.||Alesi (Trident) 1:46.271|
In lead from start to end
At the extinction of the lights ramp, Anthoine let no one the lead of the peloton. He tried to reach a good rhythm, but his impulse has been cut off three times, by three Virtual Safety Cars (VSC). Each time, Anthoine showed his skills of control on the restarts where he has never been worried despite the fast parts of the famous English track which favours aspiration. Anthoine widened the gap step by step over his opponents Mazepin and Ilott. He flew towards his second victory of the season in a long race, scoring the biggest total of points of the season (29). A performance which let him take back the 1st place in the championship.
« The beginning of the race was irregular. On the one hand, I didn’t risk much behind the VSC, but on the other hand, I had to respect the proceeding, the rules and to deal wisely with the revivals », Anthoine explained.« Then, I had to keep Mazepin out of reach of the DRS and it wasn’t easy on a track as technical and fast. I didn’t commit mistakes, but Nikita did one three laps from the end, so I could relax and enjoy the victory ».
|1.||Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix)|
|2.||Mazepin (ART Grand Prix) +3.9|
|3.||Ilott (ART Grand Prix) +6.4|
At the foot of the podium
Anthoine honoured the second set of Silvertsone, said sprint. At the beginning, he overtook two drivers since his 8th place on the starting grid, and he got rid of his teammate Callum Ilott taking a daring outer trajectory. At the end of the first lap, he was the 5th. Mid-race, he took Pulcini’s exterior in the fast turn of Stowe and he won the 4th place. He proceeded his boisterous sprint and he finished in the wheels of the top trio. Thus, Anthoine ended a major session of the championship – including 3 following weekend of races – at the 1st place on the general classification. The next races will be from 27 to 29 July in Hungaria.
« It was a trap race in which I could have lost a lot : just a collision and there is the risk to receive a penalty which applies on the next meeting. I was behind two of my teammates, very fasts, and I wanted to win the maximum of points without taking any reckless risk », Anthoine explained. « My start and my first lap, both excellent, have been decisive. In the end, I had kept my DRS to reach the 3rd place because we clearly had the potential to be on the podium. Unfortunately, the VSC prevented me. Finally, it was a very good weekend where we succeeded in taking the lead of the championship without committing mistakes. It was the icing on the cake, but the season is long and I have to stay concentrated »!
|2.||Alesi (Trident) +1.4|
|3.||Tveter (Trident) +2.9|
|4.||Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix) +3.5|
|1.||Anthoine Hubert 100|
|2.||Callum Ilott 94|
|3.||Leonardo Pulcini 73|
|4.||Nikita Mazepin 71|
|6.||Giuliano Alesi 66|