Red Bull F1 junior Dan Ticktum on Macau GP qualification race pole

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Dan Ticktum put in a sensational performance to take pole position for the Macau Grand Prix qualification race

Red Bull F1 junior Dan Ticktum on Macau GP qualification race pole

In a dramatic and typically chaotic Macau qualifying session, Red Bull Junior Ticktum rose from the lower reaches of the top 10 to put his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen on pole in the closing stages.

Ticktum then found even more time on the final lap to set a remarkable 2m09.910s.

Ferrari protege Callum Ilott was Ticktum's main rival, and the Carlin driver had gone on to pole on his first flying lap following a late full-course yellow caused by Enaam Ahmed crashing at R Bend.

After Ticktum had supplanted him, Ilott found more time on the following lap, but was using tyres that had a couple more laps of usage, and finished the session 0.443 seconds adrift.

Both were on another quick final effort when Marino Sato crashed at Police right in front of Ilott, whose avoidance of the Japanese Motopark driver was miraculous.

Almost at the same time, Ukyo Sasahara finally lost his battle with the consistently lairy ThreeBond Racing car by crashing at R Bend.

Joel Eriksson was unable to avoid him, meaning red flags brought the session to a premature end.

"I just got a chance to put everything together, which I didn't last year," said Ticktum, who qualified eighth in 2017 before winning the Macau GP.

"It was turning into the same as last year [with all the incidents], but I tried to get the lap after the FCY.

"The [2m]10.1s [lap] was almost perfect, and the next one I managed to iron out a couple of mistakes.

"This year the track seems to be considerably better. We don't seem to use the tyres so much - you get a couple more laps than before, so you can do three or four quick ones."

Renault Formula 1 Academy driver Sacha Fenestraz made it two Carlin cars in the top three, the Frenchman making the most of following Ticktum on track to jump up the order with a late effort.

That displaced mid-session poleman Eriksson, who was on pretty elderly tyres when he set his time and, due to traffic, went no quicker when two new Yokohamas were fitted before his unfortunate crash with Sasahara.

Behind fourth-placed Eriksson, Guan Yu Zhou leapt forward to lead the Prema Powerteam charge in fifth, while Hitech GP's Jake Hughes dropped from third to sixth in the final few minutes.

Sato put in an impressive performance before his crash to qualify seventh, and shares the fourth row with top Macau debutant Marcus Armstrong, who crashed at the Melco hairpin just over halfway through the session.

Mick Schumacher couldn't match his free practice performance and qualified ninth, and his Prema car slowed on the final lap for reasons that are not yet clear.

He lines up on row five with team-mate Ralf Aron. There were numerous other incidents.

Keyvan Andres collided with Yoshiaki Katayama under braking at Lisboa, both heading into the wall, while Sho Tsuboi almost simultaneously dropped it at the Solitude Esses, causing an early red flag.

Sophia Florsch returned to the pits after an incident on the mountain, while 'Dragon' crashed at Police moments after beating Ayrton Senna's 1983 pole time.

Result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Dan Ticktum Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2m09.910s 17
2 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.443s 17
3 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.670s 17
4 Joel Eriksson Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 1.081s 15
5 Guanyu Zhou SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 1.220s 15
6 Jake Hughes Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1.245s 16
7 Marino Sato Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 1.352s 15
8 Marcus Armstrong SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 1.419s 9
9 Mick Schumacher SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 1.472s 15
10 Ralf Aron SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 1.536s 15
11 Robert Shwartzman SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Dallara/Mercedes 1.836s 15
12 Juri Vips Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 1.945s 15
13 Ferdinand Habsburg Motopark Academy Dallara/Volkswagen 2.117s 16
14 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 2.194s 15
15 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2.270s 14
16 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2.279s 16
17 Alex Palou B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2.588s 14
18 Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 2.751s 10
19 Ritomo Miyata TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 2.770s 16
20 Charles Leong Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 3.033s 15
21 Sena Sakaguchi Toda Racing Dallara/Toda 3.131s 17
22 Sho Tsuboi TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 3.227s 4
23 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond Racing Dallara/Tomei 3.604s 14
24 Sophia Florsch Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 3.731s 8
25 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 4.749s 4
26 Toshiki Oyu Toda Racing Dallara/Toda 5.116s 16
27 Yoshiaki Katayama Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 5.771s 10
28 Dragon B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 11.861s 9
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