Felix Rosenqvist secured provisional pole position for SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam after dominating the first qualifying session at Macau on Thursday.
The defending Macau Grand Prix winner and the 2015 European Formula 3 Champion was well clear of the rest of the field during the session, with Carlin’s Callum Ilott 0.822s back on Rosenqvist’s 2m11.841s.
Ilott, who crashed during free practice earlier in the day, was 0.161s ahead of practice pacesetter Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, while Briton Sam MacLeod impressed to place fourth on his first outing with Team West-Tec F3.
Daniel Juncadella, who spent most of the free practice session in the pits due to technical issues, was fifth fastest for Fortec Motorsports, ahead of Motopark’s Markus Pommer.
Yuhi Sekiguchi was the only Japanese Formula 3 driver to get inside the top ten, with the B-Max Racing Team driver ending seventh, just ahead of Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen.
Gustavo Menezes was ninth for Carlin, while Alexander Sims completed the top ten for Double R Racing.
All twenty-eight drivers will return to the track on Friday for another qualifying session, with the best time from the two sessions counting towards the grid for the qualifying race on Saturday.
Macau Grand Prix Qualifying 1 Times
|1||1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam||2m11.841s|
|3||7||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||2m12.824s|
|4||29||Sam MacLeod||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||2m13.109s|
|5||21||Daniel Juncadella||ESP||Fortec Motorsports||2m13.412s|
|7||12||Yuhi Sekiguchi||JAP||B-Max Racing Team||2m13.744s|
|8||25||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||2m13.757s|
|9||8||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||2m13.903s|
|10||30||Alexander Sims||GBR||Double R Racing||2m13.950s|
|11||15||Charles Leclerc||MON||Van Amersfoort Racing||2m14.099s|
|13||3||Lance Stroll||CAN||SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam||2m14.244s|
|14||27||Arjun Maini||IND||ThreeBond with T-Sport||2m14.281s|
|15||16||Alessio Lorandi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||2m14.314s|
|16||2||Jake Dennis||GBR||SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam||2m14.332s|
|19||24||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Mucke Motorsport||2m14.548s|
|22||20||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||2m15.206s|
|23||23||Hongwei Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||2m15.316s|
|24||28||Ryan Tveter||USA||Team West-Tec F3||2m15.700s|
|25||11||Mitsunori Takaboshi||JAP||B-Max Racing Team||2m16.249s|
|26||31||Matt Soloman||HKG||Double R Racing||2m16.766s|
|27||32||Zhi Cong Li||CHN||Jo Zeller Racing||2m18.800s|
|28||22||Wing Chung Chang||MAC||Fortec Motorsports||2m21.501s|