F3 Macau GP: Prema Powerteam's Rosenqvist takes provisional pole

Felix Rosenqvist fired his bid for a second successive Macau Grand Prix win into action by dominating the first qualifying session

F3 Macau GP: Prema Powerteam's Rosenqvist takes provisional pole

The Prema Powerteam-run Swede stayed at the top of the times for most of the session, initially with Antonio Giovinazzi - his closest rival for the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship - hard on his heels in second.

Giovinazzi's Carlin team fitted him with two new tyres midway through the session, but a braking issue meant he could not improve and he returned to the pits with a couple of minutes to go.

Just after Giovinazzi stopped, Rosenqvist lopped two tenths off his provisional pole and then set a blistering time on his final lap to put himself on top by 0.822 seconds.

But it wasn't Giovinazzi in second place, because Carlin team-mate Callum Ilott bounced back in style from his free practice crash to join Rosenqvist on the overnight front row.

Like Rosenqvist, Ilott stayed on the same set of tyres he used in the morning, and the Red Bull Junior didn't even visit the pits, staying out throughout to clock up 18 laps.

Ilott's fellow Brit Sam MacLeod fitted four new tyres at his pitstop and on the last lap moved his Team West-Tec car into fourth place from fellow final-lap improver Daniel Juncadella, who finally got some good running after his Fortec Motorsport car suffered gearbox problems in the morning.

Markus Pommer was in the frame for much of the session, the Motopark driver ending up sixth - like Juncadella, he took two new tyres at his pitstop.

Two GT works drivers and F3 junkies were in the top 10, with Yuhi Sekiguchi and Alexander Sims taking seventh and 10th for B-Max and Double R respectively.

Sandwiched between them were Mikkel Jensen, who was second early on in his Mucke Motorsport car but failed to improve after brushing a barrier, and Carlin's Gustavo Menezes.

The other Brit in the field, Jake Dennis, managed his first serious Macau mileage after crashing in free practice and ended the day in 16th place, even though he lost further time when his air restrictor fell off and then suffered gearbox problems.

There were no red flags, with the only stranded car that of Sergio Sette Camara, who hit the barriers and stopped on San Francisco Hill rather than risk further damage by driving back to the pits.

FIRST QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.841s -
2 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.663s 0.822s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin with LC8.com Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.824s 0.983s
4 Sam MacLeod Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.109s 1.268s
5 Daniel Juncadella Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.412s 1.571s
6 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.741s 1.900s
7 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Toyota 2m13.744s 1.903s
8 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.757s 1.916s
9 Gustavo Menezes Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m13.903s 2.062s
10 Alexander Sims Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.950s 2.109s
11 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.099s 2.258s
12 Yu Kanamaru Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.238s 2.397s
13 Lance Stroll SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.244s 2.403s
14 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 2m14.281s 2.440s
15 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.314s 2.473s
16 Jake Dennis SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.332s 2.491s
17 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.463s 2.622s
18 Kenta Yamashita TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m14.546s 2.705s
19 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.548s 2.707s
20 Nick Cassidy TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m14.631s 2.790s
21 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.159s 3.318s
22 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.206s 3.365s
23 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.316s 3.475s
24 Ryan Tveter Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.700s 3.859s
25 Mitsunori Takaboshi B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Toyota 2m16.249s 4.408s
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.766s 4.925s
27 Zhi Cong Li Jo Zeller Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m18.800s 6.959s
28 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 2m21.501s 9.660s


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