Macau GP: Giovinazzi leads first practice

Antonio Giovinazzi led the way during an incident-filled opening practice session on Thursday for this weekend's Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

The Italian, who drives for Carlin, headed the time sheets early on and then traded the top spot with Prema's Felix Rosenqvist throughout the 45-minutes.

But the pair found it hard to get a good rhythm as two red flags interrupted running.

The first was caused by Jake Dennis crashing in the Solitude Esses after 20 minutes, while Carlin's Callum Ilott caused the second stoppage with nine minutes to go when he hit the barriers at the left just before Faraway.

Despite the interruptions, Giovinazzi was able to consistently improve throughout with his best lap of 2m13.829s coming on his final lap of the sesson. It left him 0.754s clear of Rosenqvist.

Markus Pommer was third quickest, ahead of TOM's driver Kenta Yamashita and Yuhi Sekiguchi.

British driver Alexander Sims and Chinese Li Zhi Cong both hit the barriers at Lisboa during the session, but their cars were retrieved without the need for a red flag.

Free Practice Results:

 POS RIDER  TEAM  TIME GAP
 1   Antonio Giovinazzi   Carlin with LC8.com   2:13.829    
 2   Felix Rosenqvist   SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam   2:14.583   0.754 
 3   Markus Pommer   Motopark   2:15.122   1.293 
 4   Kenta Yamashita   Tom’s   2:15.473   1.644 
 5   Yuhi Sekiguchi   B-Max Racing Team   2:15.643   1.814 
 6   Yu Kanumaru   Carlin   2:15.926   2.097 
 7   Nick Cassidy   Tom’s   2:16.454   2.625 
 8   Lance Stroll   SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam   2:16.492   2.663 
 9   Mitsunori Takaboshi   B-Max Racing Team   2:16.606   2.777 
 10   Alexander Albon   Signature   2:16.682   2.853 
 11   Gustavo Menezes   Carlin   2:16.698   2.869 
 12   Martin Hongwei Cao   Fortec Motorsport   2:16.705   2.876 
 13   Charles Leclerc   Van Amersfoort Racing   2:16.782   2.953 
 14   Alexander Sims   Double R Racing   2:16.824   2.995 
 15   Alessio Lorandi   Van Amersfoort Racing   2:16.868   3.039 
 16   Sam Macleod   Team West-Tec F3   2:16.947   3.118 
 17   Mikkel Jensen   KFZ-Teile 24 Mücke Motorsport   2:18.003   4.174 
 18   Arjun Maini   Three Bond with T-Sport   2:18.225   4.396 
 19   Callum Ilott   Carlin   2:18.976   5.147 
 20   Santino Ferrucci   KFZ-Teile 24 Mücke Motorsport   2:19.607   5.778 
 21   Ryan Tveter   Team West-Tec F3   2:19.740   5.911 
 22   Dorian Boccolacci   Signature   2:19.824   5.995 
 23   Jake Dennis   SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam   2:21.263   7.434 
 24   Li Zhi Cong   Jo Zeller Racing   2:22.077   8.248 
 25   Matthew Solomon   Double R Racing   2:22.761   8.932 
 26   Sergio Sette Camara   Motopark   2:22.883   9.054 
 27   Daniel Juncadella   Fortec Motorsport   2:26.721   12.892 
 28   Chang Wing Chung   Fortec Motorsport   2:33.663   19.834 

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Series F3
Event Macau GP
Track Circuito da Guia
Drivers Antonio Giovinazzi
Article type Practice report