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Oliver Rowland will lead a rookie 1-2 from the starting grid after securing a race one pole position at the seventh Formula Renault 3.5 round in Hungary.

The Racing Steps Foundation driver was back atop the time sheets after a red flag infringement cost him bragging rights at the close of Friday practice. His Fortec Motorsports model will be joined on the front row by his fellow rookie and Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly.

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The Frenchman has endured an inconsistent season at Arden Motorsport but was back on form to produce a competitive flying lap in the latter stages. Gasly and his rivals all changed tyres with just minutes remaining on the clock, prompting the one lap times to plummet.

Norman Nato also profited from fresh tyres to outpace his team mate Carlos Sainz Jr for only the third time this year. The Monaco race winner was still within two tenths-of-a-second of the pole man but will start third with Matthieu Vaxiviere fourth for Lotus, two months after his maiden podium in Germany.

Will Stevens and Strakka Racing have struggled to find the one lap pace this season but will start a respectable fifth. The series veteran claimed his best result of the year at the season opener at Monza in April. He will line up alongside the FIA European Formula 3 championship leader and race debutant Esteban Ocon. The Lotus junior is making his race d?but this weekend for Comtec, several months after his run in post-season testing late last year.

Roberto Merhi, the driver selected for Caterham's FP1 run in Monza, will start race one out of position in seventh. The Spaniard has two race wins to his credit this year.

Meanwhile, the Tech 1 of Marco Sorensen is eighth with Oscar Tunjo and Matias Laine completing the top ten.Long-time leader Jazeman Jaafar will settle for eleventh on the grid after falling through in the order in the latter stages.

Championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr is fourteenth and Tech 1 Racing's latest recruit Nicholas Latifi will start his d?but race in twentieth place.

William Buller and Sergey Sirotkin both stopped on track after their warm up laps, thus calling a red flag. The Russian Sirotkin has endured a difficult weekend thus far and will start the race from the back of the grid in the second Fortec challenger.