Mortara on provisional pole in Macau
18 November 2010 – 2010 F3 Euro Series champion Edoardo Mortara has secured provisional pole today in qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix. The 23-year-old, who won the event last year, edged out his closest rival by just 0.113 seconds, his best lap a 2:13.068.
“I’m happy to be first, but I don’t really care about the times at the moment,” the Signature man told the official Macau website. “Today is all about getting prepared for [final] qualifying and the race. I’m feeling good so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Valtteri Bottas meanwhile was ‘best of the rest’ for Prema Powerteam, with Marco Wittmann four tenths further back in third. Laurens Vanthoor was next up ahead of Carlos Huertas and Renger van der Zande.
Behind, Felipe Nasr, James Calado, Alexandre Imperatori and Daniel Abt rounded out the top ten with Oliver Webb and 2010 British F3 Champion Jean-Eric Vergne eleventh and twelfth respectively. Japanese F3 Champion Yuji Kunimoto had to settle for 17th.
There were two notable crashes, Daniel Juncadella going into the barriers relatively early on at Fisherman’s bend, which brought out the red flags, and near the end Jazeman Jaafar also crashed at the same place, which stopped anyone challenging Mortara’s time as the incident was covered by yellow flags.
“It was a bit of a shame with the yellow flags because the car felt good and there is plenty of time still to come,” said Bottas. “I used the same tyres as this morning so I know second qualifying will be quicker.”
Practice 2 and final qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix now takes place on Friday. Practice 2 will take place at 11.15 hours [local time]. Q2 is scheduled for 15.00 hours [local time].