Mortara takes provisional Macau pole
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, November 18th 2010, 08:19 GMT|
Edoardo Mortara got his bid to win a Macau Grand Prix double off to a perfect start on Thursday when he grabbed provisional pole position in first qualifying.
The Signature driver, who is hoping to become the first man in history to win the blue riband F3 race twice, got steadily faster through the session before knocking closest rival Valtteri Bottas off the top of the timesheet with 11 minutes remaining.
Almost immediately after Mortara set that provisional pole position time, Carlin's Jazeman Jaafar crashed at Fishermen's Bend - leaving his car stranded near the barriers on the inside of the track and bringing out the yellow flags.
Those caution flags meant drivers were unable to improve on their fastest times before the end of the session - meaning that Mortara's best effort was enough to keep him 0.113 seconds ahead of Bottas.
"I'm happy to be first, but I don't really care about the times at the moment," said Mortara. "Today is all about getting prepared for qualifying and the race. I'm feeling good so let's see what we can do tomorrow."
Bottas was far from unhappy about the result of the session - as he was well aware that improved track conditions tomorrow, plus more confidence in the car and new tyres would see times tumble.
"It was a bit of a shame with the yellow flags because the car felt good and there is plenty of time still to come," said the Prema Powerteam driver. "I used the same tyres as this morning so I know second qualifying will be quicker.
"I also know we can push a lot harder tomorrow, as today I didn't take any risks at all."
Mortara's team-mates Marco Wittmann and Laurens Vanthoor ended the session third and fourth fastest, ahead of Carlos Huertas and Renger van der Zande.
The session was red flagged after 14 minutes when Daniel Juncadella hit the wall at Fishermen's Bend. There was a short delay while his car was retrieved and the barriers were fixed.
Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1. Edoardo Mortara Signature D/V 2m13.068s 10
2. Valtteri Bottas Prema D/M 2m13.181s +0.113 10
3. Marco Wittmann Signature D/V 2m13.593s +0.525 12
4. Laurens Vanthoor Signature D/V 2m13.925s +0.857 12
5. Carlos Huertas Hitech D/V 2m14.043s +0.975 12
6. Renger van der Zande Motopark D/V 2m14.062s +0.994 11
7. Felipe Nasr Raikkonen D/M 2m14.217s +1.149 11
8. James Calado Carlin D/V 2m14.266s +1.198 12
9. Alexandre Imperatori Toda D/H 2m14.315s +1.247 12
10. Daniel Abt Signature D/V 2m14.512s +1.444 12
11. Oliver Webb Fortec D/M 2m14.666s +1.598 12
12. Jean-Eric Vergne Carlin D/V 2m14.751s +1.683 12
13. William Buller Fortec D/M 2m14.855s +1.787 12
14. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin D/V 2m15.019s +1.951 12
15. Yuhi Sekiguchi Three Bond D/N 2m15.128s +2.060 12
16. Hideki Yamauchi Hanashima D/T 2m15.209s +2.141 12
17. Yuji Kunimoto TOM's D/T 2m15.338s +2.270 12
18. Alexander Sims Raikkonen D/M 2m15.350s +2.282 9
19. Roberto Merhi Prema D/M 2m15.505s +2.437 8
20. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin D/V 2m16.124s +3.056 6
21. Rio Haryanto Raikkonen D/M 2m16.139s +3.071 12
22. Lucas Foresti Fortec D/M 2m16.358s +3.290 12
23. Hywel Lloyd CF/Manor D/M 2m16.695s +3.627 12
24. Kimiya Sato Motopark D/V 2m16.884s +3.816 12
25. Felix Rosenqvist Performance D/V 2m16.889s +3.821 12
26. Rafael Suzuki TOM's D/T 2m18.459s +5.391 12
27. Adderly Fong Sino Vision D/M 2m18.942s +5.874 10
28. Daniel Juncadella Prema D/M 2m20.892s +7.824 3
29. Michael Ho Raikkonen D/M 2m22.672s +9.604 10
30. Carlos Munoz Hitech D/V no time