Although the tricky Durban street circuit caught out many a driver through qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg continued to defy his tender years on the way to a third consecutive A1 Grand Prix pole position in South Africa.

Furthermore, while Hulkenberg was not spinning off the circuit, he was still in the midst of an engrossing t?te-?-t?te with Super Nova counterparts New Zealand, even if it was Matt Halliday and not Jonny Reid at the wheel this time.

Indeed, having claimed the fastest time in the first segment of qualifying, Hulkenberg had slipped to second on the aggregate leaderboard behind Halliday and needed a strong performance in the final session to snatch back pole.

Hulkenberg duly did what was needed with the fastest lap of the weekend so far to claim his third pole in a row and maintain his record of having started each race this season inside the top five.

"It is great to be on pole again for the third time in a row," he said. "A thank you to the team as I had a great car. It was quite a tough battle against Matt (Halliday) in the last session as it was the most important and I had to set a good lap time. Now I am looking forward to tomorrow.

"You can never feel safe because of the red flags and you cannot predict what happens if somebody crashes. You can be half on the good side and half on the bad side. To make a fast lap is always a compromise between pushing and driving safely. A street circuit is something special and not easy."

 

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