Carlin's Max Chilton was the last man out on a flying lap at the Hungaroring, and was rewarded for his perfect timing with his maiden GP2 pole position for the Saturday feature race with a lap of 1:28.980s.

That displaced James Calado from what had seemed an assured top spot on the timesheets, although the Lotus GP driver will have a two-place starting grid penalty after having been judged to have blocked Felipa Nasr in Friday morning practice.

As a result Calado will line-up in fourth place on the grid alongside iSport's Jolyon Palmer, while DAMS' Davide Valsecchi is promoted to the front row of the grid for the start of the race.

Qualifying times

1. #26 Max Chilton Carlin 1:28.980s (13 laps)
2. #9 James Calado Lotus GP 1:29.003s + 0.023s (11 laps) *
3. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:29.034s + 0.054s (13 laps)
4. #8 Jolyon Palmer iSport 1:29.093s + 0.113s (11 laps)
5. #23 Luiz Razia Arden 1:29.177s + 0.197s (13 laps)
6. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.202s + 0.222s (13 laps)
7. #10 Esteban Guti?rrez Lotus GP 1:29.248s + 0.268s (11 laps)
8. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.334s + 0.354s (11 laps)
9. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport 1:29.345s + 0.365s (11 laps)
10. #1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax 1:29.367s + 0.387s (14 laps)
11. #2 Josef Kral Barwa Addax 1:29.472s + 0.492s (14 laps)
12. #6 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1:29.496s + 0.516s (14 laps)
13. #4 Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:29.574s + 0.594s (13 laps)
14. #15 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:29.637s + 0.657s (10 laps)
15. #18 Sergio Canamasas Venezuela Lazarus GP 1:29.666s + 0.686s (15 laps)
16. #25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing 1:29.717s + 0.737s (11 laps)
17. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:29.786s + 0.806s (14 laps)
18. #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing 1:29.786s + 0.806s (14 laps)
19. #14 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.906s + 0.926s (11 laps)
20. #16 Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:30.027s + 1.047s (11 laps)
21. #11 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:30.201s + 1.221s (12 laps)
22. #17 Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:30.202s + 1.222s (16 laps)
23. #20 Ricardo Teixeria Rapax 1:30.475s + 1.495s (14 laps)
24. #22 Simon Trummer Arden 1:30.655s + 1.675s (14 laps)
25. #21 Dani?l de Jong Rapax 1:30.930s + 1.950s (12 laps)
26. #19 Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela Lazarus GP 1:33.093s + 4.113s (14 laps)

107% laptime: 1:35.208s * denotes two-place starting grid penalty for blocking in practice