Mercedes Formula 1 protégé George Russell has become the first driver to claim two poles in the 2017 GP3 season after setting the fastest time in qualifying at Silverstone.

Russell posted a time of 1m46.608s with three minutes of the half-hour session remaiing to go top before Anthoine Hubert joined him in the top-two seconds later.

The Brit’s lap displaced Honda junior Nirei Fukuzumi from the top spot, with the Japanese set to start the feature race in third.

This result gives him four points for the drivers’ championship, which he leads by three, snatching the lead away from Fukuzumi for the first time this year.

Trident’s Dorian Boccolacci qualified fourth but will start the first race seventh due to a three-place grid penalty given for an Austrian sprint race incident.

This promotes Alessio Lorandi, who qualified ahead of Renault academy racer Jack Aitken.

Red Bull junior Niko Kari has his best grid position of sixth, beating his previous high of ninth.

Haas development driver Arjun Maini and Ryan Tveter’s times could not be separated in eighth and ninth. The Indian will only start ahead after finishing his lap before the American.

Campos Racing’s Julien Falchero completed the top-10 to claim his best race-starting position, 0.865s adrift of Russell.

Ferrari-backed Giuliano Alesi finished 12th and Haas development racer Santino Ferrucci was 14th.

Sauber’s Tatiana Calderon was the slowest of the 19 drivers.