Norris takes provisional Macau GP pole
16 November 2017 – McLaren protégé Lando Norris claimed provisional pole for this weekend's Macau Grand Prix, lapping almost a second quicker than his rivals.
Norris, a late arrival from Brazil after his cancelled Formula 1 tyre test, set two laps quick enough for top spot at the iconic Guia Circuit.
Norris posted a time of 2:12.125 before following it up with a 2:11.570 in his Carlin-run machine.
Norris' lap was 0.912s quicker than Van Amersfoort Racing's Pedro Piquet, with Maximilian Günther third for the Theodore/Prema operation.
Red Bull youngster Dan Ticktum was fourth quickest as the final driver to record a time within two seconds of Norris' benchmark in a disrupted session.
Formula 2 regular Sérgio Sette Câmara crashed heavily at Fishermen's Bend, while Ryuji Kumita and Álex Palou also hit the barriers, bringing out the red flag.
Joel Eriksson was fifth fastest, in front of Yuhi Sekiguchi, Callum Ilott and top rookie Sacha Fenestraz.
Sette Câmara and Guan Yu Zhou completed the top 10 during the session.
A 40-minute practice session precedes the second qualifying session, which takes place on Friday at 15:25 local time