Macau Grand Prix: Mick Schumacher fastest in second practice

Formula 3 European champion Mick Schumacher's bid to become the third member of his family to win the Macau Grand Prix kicked up a gear as he headed second free practice

Macau Grand Prix: Mick Schumacher fastest in second practice

Times tumbled following yesterday's red-flag-ridden first qualifying session, and Schumacher moved to the top of the times late on in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes.

Unlike the first free practice, where Schumacher also led the way, this time he did not benefit from a tow, and his lap was good enough to dislodge Ferrari junior Callum Ilott's best in the lead Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen by 0.091 seconds.

F3 returnee Ilott's finishing position means that he has been second in all three sessions to date this weekend on his fourth crack at the Macau GP.

"It's the first time in Macau that I've played around with the car trying to optimise stuff," said Ilott, "because normally you're trying to focus on driving.

"I thought I'd find space on the track and just get on with it, because it's better to just do laps than look for a tow, and the car's good."

Ilott in turn had usurped Motopark's new Red Bull Junior Juri Vips, who headed the times very briefly as he continues his impressive Macau debut.

The performance backed up claims from Vips that he should have qualified at least in the top three on used tyres in Thursday's session, only for his quick lap to be ruined by a red flag.

Jake Hughes continued his impressive F3 comeback by taking fourth fastest for Hitech GP, and looking very flowing and quick on the circuit.

This was enough to head 2017 Macau GP winner Dan Ticktum, who in contrast to most of the field stayed out on the track throughout the session in his Motopark car.

Another Motopark driver, BMW DTM race winner Joel Eriksson, was quickest for more than half the session, but after his pitstop he tumbled to sixth as he became mired in traffic.

Nevertheless, Eriksson looked superb on track and remarked: "The pace is there and the feeling is there, and we are driving on quite shit old tyres at the moment."

Marcus Armstrong began to show strong form on his Macau debut by taking seventh in his Prema car, one place ahead of B-Max Racing's Alex Palou.

Ralf Aron was ninth in his Prema machine, with the top 10 completed by Carlin's Jehan Daruvala, who like Ticktum stayed on track throughout the session.

A late red flag meant the last two minutes of the period were lost, after Toshiki Oyu crashed his Toda Racing car at Maternity Bend.

Oyu was also one of the drivers to cause yellow flags by taking to the escape road at Lisboa, with Enaam Ahmed (twice) and Sacha Fenestraz doing likewise.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Mick Schumacher SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m10.674s - 15
2 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m10.765s 0.091s 15
3 Juri Vips Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2m10.882s 0.208s 16
4 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m10.901s 0.227s 15
5 Dan Ticktum Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2m10.975s 0.301s 18
6 Joel Eriksson Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2m10.983s 0.309s 15
7 Marcus Armstrong SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.025s 0.351s 15
8 Alex Palou B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.143s 0.469s 14
9 Ralf Aron SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.232s 0.558s 14
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.535s 0.861s 16
11 Ferdinand Habsburg Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.576s 0.902s 16
12 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m11.715s 1.041s 13
13 Sho Tsuboi TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m11.765s 1.091s 15
14 Guanyu Zhou SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m11.975s 1.301s 15
15 Marino Sato Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.080s 1.406s 15
16 Robert Shwartzman SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.104s 1.430s 15
17 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.217s 1.543s 17
18 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m12.461s 1.787s 14
19 Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m12.593s 1.919s 15
20 Ritomo Miyata TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m12.837s 2.163s 16
21 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.218s 2.544s 17
22 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m13.334s 2.660s 16
23 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond Racing Dallara/Tomei 2m13.559s 2.885s 15
24 Charles Leong Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2m14.188s 3.514s 14
25 Toshiki Oyu Toda Racing Dallara/Toda 2m14.469s 3.795s 13
26 Yoshiaki Katayama Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.288s 4.614s 15
27 Sena Sakaguchi Toda Racing Dallara/Toda 2m15.931s 5.257s 15
28 Dragon B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m22.553s 11.879s 11

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