Macau GP: Rosenqvist storms to provisional pole

Felix Rosenqvist grabbed provisional pole position for the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix on Thursday, after dominating the first qualifying session.

The Prema driver moved to the top of the timesheets early on and, despite strong challenges from Carlin duo Callum Ilott and Antonio Giovinazzi, he was able to keep his spot at the top throughout.

After Rosenqvist ended the first runs just 0.088 seconds clear of Giovinazzi, he elected not to use new tyres as many of his rivals switched to fresher rubber for the second half of the session.

Rosenqvist showed his confidence, however, by extending his advantage – before Ilott (who also did not use new tyres) showed his morning crash had not affected his confidence to grab second place.

The Carlin driver pipped Giovinazzi, who stopped a few minutes from the end of the session after feeling his brake pedal was getting long, in the closing minutes to get within 0.084 seconds of Rosenqvist.

But on the final lap of the session, with the track clearly at its best, Rosenqvist went quickest again to end the day 0.822s clear of the rest of the field.

“I'm pretty happy with that, “ said Rosenqvist, who won Macau last year. “I think I've made a step forward in my driving this year and I think I've found the key to a good lap around here. The pace is looking good.”

Sam MacLeod ended up fourth quickest for Team West-Tec, while Daniel Juncadella recovered from the gearbox problems that left him stranded in the pits in morning practice to claim fifth spot.

First qualifying results:

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
 Felix Rosenqvist Theodore Racing by Prema 2'11.841  
 Callum Ilott Carlin 2'12.663 0.822
 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 2'12.824 0.983
 Sam MacLeod West-Tec 2'13.109 1.268
 Dani Juncadella Fortec 2'13.412 1.571
 Markus Pommer Motopark 2'13.741 1.900
 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-Max Engineering 2'13.744 1.903
 Mikkel Jensen Mucke 2'13.757 1.916
 Gustavo Menezes Carlin 2'13.903 2.062
10   Alexander Sims Double R 2'13.950 2.109
11   Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort 2'14.099 2.258
12   Yu Kanamaru Carlin 2'14.238 2.397
13   Lance Stroll Theodore Racing by Prema 2'14.244 2.403
14   Arjun Maini T-Sport 2'14.281 2.440
15   Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort 2'14.314 2.473
16   Jake Dennis Theodore Racing by Prema 2'14.332 2.491
17   Dorian Boccolacci Signature 2'14.463 2.622
18   Kenta Yamashita TOM'S 2'14.546 2.705
19   Santino Ferrucci Mucke 2'14.548 2.707
20   Nick Cassidy TOM'S 2'14.631 2.790
21   Alexander Albon Signature 2'15.159 3.318
22   Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 2'15.206 3.365
23   Martin Cao Fortec 2'15.316 3.475
24   Ryan Tveter West-Tec 2'15.700 3.859
25   Mitsunori Takaboshi B-Max Engineering 2'16.249 4.408
26   Matt Solomon Double R 2'16.766 4.925
27   Zhi Cong Li Jo Zeller Racing 2'18.800 6.959
28   Andy Chang Fortec 2'21.501 9.660
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Series F3
Event Macau GP
Track Circuito da Guia
Drivers Felix Rosenqvist
Article type Qualifying report