Macau Grand Prix: Sette Camara leads Motopark 1-2-3 in first practice

Formula 2 race winner Sergio Sette Camara topped a 1-2-3 for the Motopark team in the first free practice session for the Macau Grand Prix

Macau Grand Prix: Sette Camara leads Motopark 1-2-3 in first practice

Sette Camara, who completed one day of testing at the Hungaroring as he readapted to F3, moved ahead of long-time leader Joel Eriksson with a few minutes remaining.

The Brazilian's time was good enough to beat Swedish BMW junior Eriksson by 0.108 seconds, with British Red Bull protege Dan Ticktum completing the top-three whitewash for the German Motopark squad.

"It was a good start," said Sette Camara, "but I'm more happy to see a Motopark 1-2-3 than with my own performance, because I helped out with the set-up.

"It's also a lot of good engineering work by the team - they did a great job and now we're just here to fine-tune.

"I struggled a bit at the start - I just wanted to keep it out of the walls, but then I took a bit more risk on one lap on my second run; eventually you do need to risk a bit!

"But it means nothing; Macau is crazy and you just have to keep calm, keep good and be around the top in every session."

Behind the Volkswagen-powered Motopark machines, Pedro Piquet was the top Mercedes-engined runner, taking fourth for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Piquet headed Carlin's Ferdinand Habsburg and Prema Powerteam's Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou, who both did a good job to head their more-fancied team-mates.

Seventh and eighth were two of the pre-race favourites, Prema star Callum Ilott heading Carlin's F3 European champion Lando Norris, who hot-footed it from his cancelled McLaren Formula 1 test at Interlagos and arrived in Macau just in time for Wednesday evening's drivers' briefing.

Top rookie was an impressive Mick Schumacher, ninth quickest for Prema on the streets where his father and uncle both triumphed in the 1990s, while B-Max Racing's Kenta Yamashita, returning to F3 after a season in Super Formula, rounded out the top 10.

Of those to hit problems, Jehan Daruvala ended the session on a flatbed truck after making minor contact with the wall at Moorish, while Maximilian Gunther lost a considerable amount of time in the pits having a gearbox glitch attended to.

Fifty-year-old 'Dragon' was another in the wars, the Japanese F3 National Class champion crashing at Police at the end of the session.

Free practice times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark with VEB Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.808s - 13
2 Joel Eriksson Motopark with VEB Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.916s 0.108s 13
3 Dan Ticktum Motopark with VEB Dallara/Volkswagen 2m14.995s 0.187s 13
4 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.085s 0.277s 17
5 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.304s 0.496s 14
6 Guanyu Zhou SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.353s 0.545s 13
7 Callum Ilott SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m15.385s 0.577s 12
8 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m15.434s 0.626s 12
9 Mick Schumacher SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.190s 1.382s 13
10 Kenta Yamashita B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m16.699s 1.891s 11
11 Ralf Aron Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2m16.987s 2.179s 16
12 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.359s 2.551s 14
13 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.449s 2.641s 13
14 Tadasuke Makino Motopark with VEB Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.727s 2.919s 12
15 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m17.791s 2.983s 9
16 Alex Palou ThreeBond Racing with Drago Corse Dallara/Threebond 2m18.000s 3.192s 14
17 Sho Tsuboi TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m18.180s 3.372s 17
18 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2m18.267s 3.459s 14
19 Maximilian Guenther SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 2m18.532s 3.724s 8
20 Marino Sato Motopark with VEB Dallara/Volkswagen 2m19.676s 4.868s 15
21 Ritomo Miyata TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2m20.221s 5.413s 17
22 Dragon B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2m30.009s 15.201s 7


shares
comments
Euro F3 race winner Jake Hughes tipped to return to GP3 in 2018

Previous article

Euro F3 race winner Jake Hughes tipped to return to GP3 in 2018

Next article

McLaren F1 junior Lando Norris leads Macau Grand Prix qualifying

McLaren F1 junior Lando Norris leads Macau Grand Prix qualifying
Load comments
From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back Plus

From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back

After a disastrous 2020 in FIA Formula 3 with Hitech, Dennis Hauger began to doubt himself - with the self-belief he had built through success in junior series evaporating. But after regrouping, he stormed to the F3 title in 2021. Here’s how he did it

FIA F3
Oct 6, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021