GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK

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GOOD WEEK

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ANTHOINE HUBERT

When finishing third in Race 1 and in Race 2 feels different: Series leader Anthoine Hubert was feeling blue on Saturday having finished third from pole position (his second pole in a row). His smile was back on Sunday though: having taken another third place, but this time from P6 on the grid, the Frenchman was much more satisfied with his performance. With a total of 29 points – the highest scored by any driver in Hungary – the ART ace has extended his lead in the Drivers’ Standings by 15 points over teammate Callum Ilott.

NIKITA MAZEPIN

It was another front row start for the talented Russian in Race 1. From there, he made a great start to get into the lead at Turn 1 and then sailed to a second victory this season. He let no chance to his closest rival (teammate Callum Ilott) and crossed the line more than 10s over the Briton, setting the quickest laptime along the way. Although he made it look easy, Nikita revealed later on that mastering the tyre degradation was no small feat and this win felt even better than the one he grabbed in the opening race at Barcelona.

He was unfortunately unable to take more points on Sunday and finished in a lowly thirteenth place. Still, he added 27 points to his tally and is now just a point shy of Leonardo Pulcini and third place in the Drivers’ Standings.

DORIAN BOCCOLACCI

This one he keeps! Dorian Boccolacci was first at the flag in Sunday’s Race 2 having started from the reverse pole. He was unmatched during the 17 laps that lasted the event and he joyfully stepped on his car in the parc fermé to do his trademark King Kong moves. That’s officially MP Motorsport’s first GP3 win, a remarkable achievement for the newcomers.

TRIDENT

You gain some, you lose some… It was the first time this season that no Trident driver was featured on the rostrum. In Hungary, top guns Giuliano Alesi and Pedro Piquet both failed to score points with the Frenchman struggling for pace all weekend long while the Brazilian showed some nice driving skills from P13 to P9 in Race 2. Thankfully for the Italian squad, Ryan Tveter and newly signed David Beckmann were able to finish in the points in both races.

NIKO KARI

If you followed GP3 last week, you will not be surprised to see Niko Kari featured here: it was a nightmare of a weekend for the Finnish driver. He crashed in the early stages of the qualifying session after he collected Nikita Mazepin at turn 5. Last on the starting grid in Race 1, he retired on lap 14. In Race 2, more contact meant Kari retired early once again.

BAD WEEK

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