Félix da Costa claims provisional Macau pole
|1.||A. Felix da Costa||2:13.400|
|3.||C. Sainz Jr.||2:13.421|
15 November 2012 – Carlin's António Félix da Costa stormed to provisional pole position for this weekend's Macau Grand Prix, posting a time of 2:13.400 in the late stages of Thursday's first qualifying session. The Portuguese driver pipped Felix Rosenqvist to the top spot by just 0.20 seconds, with Carlos Sainz Jr. one thousandth further back.
With pleasant weather conditions remaining at the venue after the morning's opening practice session, the times tumbled as drivers fully acclimatised themselves. Despite a late red flag, caused by Andrea Roda, the 21-year-old was able to shave 1.724 seconds off his Practice 1 effort with a stunning lap inside the final third of qualifying.
Alex Lynn, who briefly topped the timing screens, ultimately finished fourth fastest after a flurry of late laps. European F3 Champion Daniel Juncadella was next up in fifth, with morning pace-setter Felipe Nasr and T-Sport's Alexander Sims in close company. Raffaele Marciello, Félix Serrallés and Pascal Wehrlein completed the top ten.
Track action resumes at Macau on Friday, with Practice 2 and Qualifying 2