Rosenqvist secures provisional Macau pole

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

11Felix RosenqvistSWESJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam2m11.841s
210Callum IlottGBRCarlin2m12.663s
37Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin2m12.824s
429Sam MacLeodGBRTeam West-Tec F32m13.109s
521Daniel JuncadellaESPFortec Motorsports2m13.412s
619Markus PommerGERMotopark2m13.741s
712Yuhi SekiguchiJAPB-Max Racing Team2m13.744s
825Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport2m13.757s
98Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin2m13.903s
1030Alexander SimsGBRDouble R Racing2m13.950s
1115Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing2m14.099s
129Yu KanamaruJAPCarlin2m14.238s
133Lance StrollCANSJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam2m14.244s
1427Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport2m14.281s
1516Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing2m14.314s
162Jake DennisGBRSJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam2m14.332s
1718Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature2m14.463s
185Kenta YamashitaJAPTOM's2m14.546s
1924Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport2m14.548s
206Nick CassidyNZLTOM's2m14.631s
2117Alexander AlbonTHASignature2m15.159s
2220Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark2m15.206s
2323Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports2m15.316s
2428Ryan TveterUSATeam West-Tec F32m15.700s
2511Mitsunori TakaboshiJAPB-Max Racing Team2m16.249s
2631Matt SolomanHKGDouble R Racing2m16.766s
2732Zhi Cong LiCHNJo Zeller Racing2m18.800s
2822Wing Chung ChangMACFortec Motorsports2m21.501s