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Russell beats Ilott to take Macau Pole Position

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George Russell - Credit: GCS

A stunning lap from George Russell towards the end of another red flagged affected qualifying session on Friday gave the Briton pole position for the qualifying race of the Macau Grand Prix.

The Hitech GP driver, on his first appearance at the legendary event, took top spot with a best lap of 2:10.100, and Russell will lead an all-Briton front row ahead of Callum Ilott.

Ilott had looked on course for pole position as he led the way before the session restarted following two quick-fire stoppages due to crashes for Daiki Sasaki at Maternity Bend and Maximilian Günther exiting the final corner, only to see Russell usurp the Van Amersfoort Racing driver.

Antonio Felix da Costa, who had held provisional pole position after first qualifying on Thursday, improved his time but could do no better than third, with the Carlin driver being joined on the second row by team-mate Sergio Sette Câmara.

Kenta Yamashita was fifth fastest for ThreeBond with T-Sport, continuing his good form this week, while Jake Hughes was one of those unfortunate to see the red flags fly for a third time when Arjun Maini crashed at Lisboa, as the Carlin driver had set the best first sector of anyone before being forced to abort his lap.

Despite crashing, Günther ended up seventh and the best of the SJM Theodore Racing by Prema drivers, with double race winner Felix Rosenqvist unable to better eighth, and having locked heavily up on his final run heading into Lisboa.

Lando Norris had been on the pace for much of the session but ended up ninth in the fourth Carlin entry, while Nick Cassidy completed the top ten in the third Prema entry ahead of Daniel Juncadella and Alexander Sims.

Macau Grand Prix Qualifying 2 Result

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