Ericsson fastest in first Macau qualifying
19 November 2009 – Marcus Ericsson has clinched provisional pole position ahead of the annual Macau Grand Prix by setting the fastest lap time at the legendary circuit on Thursday. The Swede leads the way ahead of Friday's first qualifying session with the British F3 and F3 Euroseries Champions second and fifteenth respectively.
Brendon Hartley's Carlin had topped the timesheets for much of the session although, having battled with Edoardo Mortara for P1, the Kiwi eventually fell to fourth as Ericsson, Ricciardo and the Franco Italian's Signature entry finished ahead of him.
Ericsson's eventual pole time could indeed have been eclipsed, although a shunt for Laurens Vanthoor's Signature at Police corner confirmed that the session came to a close two minutes early; he still found himself sixth, however, behind the leading British driver as Sam Bird achieved a top five placing for ART.
Frenchman Bianchi and others will have an opportunity to improve their grid positions as drivers' best efforts for qualifying are taken from either Thursday or Friday's sessions at what is, this year, a very cold Macau.