Charging Ilott Claims Stunning Qualifying Race Victory in Macau

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Callum Ilott was in sublime form as the recent addition to the Ferrari Driver Academy won the Qualifying Race around the streets of Macau on Saturday, but Lando Norris’ start-line gremlins struck once more to leave him well down the field.

The ten-lap shootout on Saturday determines the grid for Sunday’s Macau Grand Prix, and after getting ahead of Norris at the start, Ilott shadowed polesitter Joel Eriksson for the first few laps before mounting an attack for the lead on lap five around the outside of Lisboa.

That move did not come off, but two laps later, Ilott was ahead after attacking on the inside of Mandarin, with both drivers leaving just enough room for them to battle cleaner. Eriksson attempted to re-pass the SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver into Lisboa, but was unsuccessful, and that was the last opportunity he had on reclaiming the advantage.

By the end of the lap, Ilott was 2.480 seconds to the good, and at the chequered flag he was 7.957 seconds clear as Eriksson struggled with degradation on his rear tyres, which left the Swede fighting off the challenge of Motopark with VEB team-mate Sergio Sette Câmara for second.

Sette Câmara, a race winner in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017, climbed from ninth on the grid to run fifth on the opening lap, before passing both Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther to claim the final spot on the podium, ending 0.686 seconds off Eriksson.

Norris dropped from second on the grid to ninth on the opening lap, but made up ground to run fifth, only to struggle with his outright pace that saw him fall back behind Habsburg and the charging Pedro Piquet to finish seventh.

Daniel Ticktum was another to fall down the order in the later laps, with the Red Bull Junior claiming eighth, with Yuki Sekiguchi, who was one of those to be passed by Piquet, ending the race in ninth for the B-MAX Racing Team ahead of Guan Yu Zhou, who completed the top ten for SJM Theodore Racing by Prema.

Mick Schumacher was running in seventh and battling Habsburg for sixth when the German locked up at Lisboa and took to the escape road, and ultimately ended the race down in twentieth position.

Macau Grand Prix Qualifying Race Result

17Callum IlottGBRSJM Theodore Racing by Prema22:18.077s
215Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark with VEB+7.957s
319Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark with VEB+8.643s
49Maximilian GuntherGERSJM Theodore Racing by Prema+9.798s
53Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+10.391s
626Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+10.821s
71Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+11.966s
818Daniel TicktumGBRMotopark with VEB+12.657s
922Yuhi SekiguchiJAPB-MAX Racing Team+13.418s
108Guan Yu ZhouCHNSJM Theodore Racing by Prema+14.715s
1121Kenta YamashitaJAPB-MAX Racing Team+15.505s
125Sacha FenestrazFRACarlin+17.608s
1325Ralf AronESTVan Amersfoort Racing+19.371s
1417Marino SatoJAPMotopark with VEB+25.456s
1511Sho TsuboiJAPTOM's+26.614s
162Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+30.412s
1716Tadasuke MakinoJAPMotopark with VEB+32.173s
1820Alex PalouESPThreeBond Racing with Drago Corse+32.606s
1912Ritomo MiyataJAPTOM's+37.061s
2010Mick SchumacherGERSJM Theodore Racing by Prema+37.634s
216Devlin DeFrancescoCANCarlin+51.177s