Macau GP: Da Costa grabs provisional pole as crashes mar session

Antonio Felix da Costa came through an incident-packed first qualifying session – which featured four red flag stoppages – to secure provisional pole position for the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix qualification race on Thursday.

Da Costa was among the fastest cars throughout the shortened session that witnessed a series of incidents.

But it was the Carlin driver’s best effort with 12-minutes remaining that secured him the front spot before a final red flag – caused by Daniel Juncadella crashing at Fishermen’s Bend – brought qualifying to an early end.

It’s still very early days because so much can happen on a Macau Grand Prix weekend, but it’s always better to end up first than last,” said da Costa. “I quickly could get up to speed with the track, but wasn’t so happy with the car after first practice this morning.

But the team did a great job to make some changes and everything clicked, so I’m pretty happy.”

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Callum Ilott ended up second fastest after briefly topping the timesheets prior to da Costa’s best overall time – ending the day 0.226 seconds down.

Felix Rosenqvist, who had been quickest in morning practice, was the third fastest driver as he said he still needed to better understand the new Pirelli tyres that are being used in Macau for the first time.

Japanese F3 champion Kenta Yamashita ended up fourth quickest, after recovering from losing a wheel in the early stages of the session – and causing the first red flag to come out after 15 minutes to allow it to be recovered.

The second red flag came out eight minutes later when a car was briefly stranded in the middle of the track before Lisboa. 

The third stoppage was caused with 12 minutes remaining after Lando Norris – an impressive seventh quickest – crashed at San Francisco at the same time as Joel Eriksson crashed at the Solitude Esses.

The session was stopped for good after Juncadella, who ended up fifth, hit the barriers at Fishermen’s with two minutes remaining.

Qualifying results:

 Pos Name Team Time Gap
 1  Antonio Felix Da Costa  Carlin  02:11.5  
 2  Callum Ilott  Van Amersfoort Racing  02:11.8  0.226
 3  Felix Rosenqvist  SJM Theodore Racing by Prema  02:11.8  0.262
 4  Kenta Yamashita  ThreeBond with T-Sport  02:11.8  0.262
 5  Daniel Juncadella  Hitech GP  02:11.8  0.286
 6  Sergio Sette Camara  Carlin  02:12.0  0.459
 7  Lando Norris  Carlin  02:12.0  0.461
 8  Nick Cassidy  SJM Theodore Racing by Prema  02:12.1  0.588
 9  Jake Hughes  Carlin  02:12.4  0.825
 10  Sam Macleod  Fortec Motorsport  02:12.5  1.001
 11  Alexander Sims  Double R Racing  02:12.6  1.065
 12  Arjun Maini  Motopark  02:12.7  1.122
 13  George Russell  Hitech GP  02:12.7  1.135
 14  Anthoine Hubert  Van Amersfoort Racing  02:12.7  1.192
 15  Maximilian Gunther  SJM Theodore Racing by Prema  02:13.0  1.482
 16  Daniel Ticktum  Double R Racing  02:13.1  1.567
 17  Pedro Piquet  Van Amersfoort Racing  02:13.3  1.741
 18  CHANG Wing Chung  ThreeBond with T-Sport  02:13.3  1.801
 19  Nikita Mazepin  Hitech GP  02:13.4  1.903
 20  Joel Eriksson  Motopark  02:13.5  1.944
 21  YE Hong Li  B-Max Racing Team  02:14.0  2.477
 22  David Beckmann  Mucke Motorsport  02:14.1  2.527
 23  Jann Mardenborough  B-Max Racing Team  02:14.2  2.639
 24  ZHOU Guan Yu  Motopark  02:14.3  2.743
 25  Keyvan Andres Soori  Mcke Motorsport  02:14.8  3.268
 26  Sho Tsuboi  Team TOM'S  02:15.1  3.516
 27  Daiki Sasaki  B-Max Racing Team  02:15.3  3.726
 28  Ferdinand Habsburg  Fortec Motorsport  02:15.3  3.801
 29  Tadasuke Makino  Toda Racing  02:15.6  4.083

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Series F3
Event Macau GP
Track Circuito da Guia
Drivers Antonio Felix da Costa , Felix Rosenqvist , Callum Ilott
Article type Qualifying report