Kobayashi takes pole position for Macau Grand Prix Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi claimed pole position for the Macau Grand Prix on Friday in a dramatic qualifying session that ended with him crashing into the barriers. The ASM...
Kobayashi takes pole position for Macau Grand Prix
Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi claimed pole position for the Macau Grand Prix on Friday in a dramatic qualifying session that ended with him crashing into the barriers.
The ASM driver moved to the top of the timesheets with 14 minutes of qualifying remaining and was helped in his task of holding onto the top spot when light rain began falling during a red flag period.
Although all drivers attempted to knock Kobayashi off the top spot, none of the front-runners were able to improve. "I am just really happy to be on pole," said Kobayashi. "I was always confident I could do well here and my team and car have been fantastic."
However, in his efforts to ensure that he was ready if the track conditions improved Kobayashi continued pushing hard and then lost control through the Esses - getting sideways before clouting the barriers on the right-hand side.
Manor Motorsport's Kohei Hirate will line up second, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean taking third spot - having also damaged his car after clipping a barrier in the closing seconds of the session.
Marko Asmer, who had been on provisional pole, was fourth fastest, while F3 Euroseries champion Paul di Resta escaped a brush with the tyre barrier at R Bend to set the fifth quickest time, ahead of Roberto Streit.
Qualifying was red flagged three times as drivers pushed to the limit and beyond in their efforts to improve. British F3 champion Mike Conway smashed into the barriers at R Bend on his quickest lap, while Japanese F3 champion Adrian Sutil crashed into the barriers at Police. The third red flag was caused by Charlie Kimball, who crashed at R Bend.