Bottas fastest in final Macau practice
19 November 2010 – Finland’s Valtteri Bottas led the way in Thursday morning’s second and final practice session ahead of this weekend’s annual Macau Grand Prix. Behind the Williams Formula 1 reserve driver was 2009 event winner Edoardo Mortara of Italy, who aims to become the first driver to triumph at the Formula 3 event twice.
Mortara currently holds pole position although, judging by the pace in this session, things are likely to tighten up ahead of the second qualifying session this afternoon.
Practice 2 was delayed due to repairs to Armco barriers after an accident in an earlier race, meaning teams were asked to limit their sessions by 15 minutes to just half an hour. A further hold-up then occurred when Indonesian Rio Haryanto crashed his Räikkönen Robertson Racing car at the last corner, bringing out the red flags.
A further incident came for Columbia’s Carlos Munoz, who crashed at Police bend, as Bottas’s Prema Powerteam entry set the pace with a best effort of 2:11.080 to leave Mortara and Signature trailing by some six tenths of a second.
The second Signature of Germany’s Marco Wittmann was third as Columbian Carlos Huertas and Spaniard Roberto Merhi rounded out the top five for Hitech and Prema, respectively. Alexander Sims’ quickest Double R car leads the way for British honours in ninth spot as 11 different nationalities fill the first 11 positions.
Qualifying 2 begins at 3pm local time (GMT +8)