Felix Rosenqvist secured provisional pole position by a relatively comfortable margin on Thursday, and believes not running new tyres during the session will also benefit him as the weekend progresses.
The defending Macau Grand Prix winner and the 2015 FIA European Formula 3 Champion took his SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam entry to the top spot by 0.822s from Callum Ilott, although there is still the second qualifying session to come on Friday.
“I was still learning how the Prema car is around Macau every lap and then I reached a point where I found a step in my driving of the car,” revealed Rosenqvist. “That’s what I was really looking for, and now I feel more confident and we’re looking good.
“It’s a good start to the weekend and I didn’t use any new tyres, so we’re good on strategy too. On my quick lap I was pushing, but not risking a crash – it was a good lap.”