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11/20/09
MacauGP
Macau F3 Qualifying
Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson secured pole position for the Macau Grand Prix Qualification Race with another last gasp effort in qualifying on Friday – before making a mistake that caused minor damage to his car.

The TOM’S driver, who had been quickest in first qualifying on Thursday too, saw a number of his rivals improve on the benchmark overnight time early on in Friday’s session to push him down the order.

Following a lengthy red flag spell halfway through qualifying, caused by water on the track, Ericsson instantly responded to the challenge and delivered a lap time that secured him pole position by just 0.039 seconds from Signature’s Jean-Karl Vernay.

“I had got pole but on the radio the team said it was tight, so I pushed harder,” explained Ericsson. “Unfortunately I went into the wall. It bent a wishbone but it is not a problem – and it’s looking good for tomorrow.”

Vernay was a bit disappointed about missing out on the top spot by such a small margin, but pleased that he had been able to secure a slot on the front row of the grid on his first visit to Macau.

Valtteri Bottas
Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, driving for ART Grand Prix, took third place – ahead of the morning’s pace-setter Edoardo Mortara, who had been quickest of all in the mountain section of the track but could not deliver on the promise shown in practice.

Daniel Ricciardo
British F3 champion Daniel Ricciardo will start fifth, having briefly put himself second overall before making a mistake under braking for Lisboa and sliding into the barriers. He was able to get going again, but could not improve his best time.

Several drivers hit trouble in the session – including Brendon Hartley, who crashed at R Bend, and Kevin Chen who went off at Paiol.

Below are the combined qualifying results for the Macau F3 Qualifying race.  On Saturday there will be the qualifying race for the main race on Sunday: the "FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup - Macau Grand Prix"

POS

NO Engine DRIVER NAT TEAM SESS 1 SESS 2 GAP
1 1 Toyota Marcus ERICSSON SWE Tom's 2:11.811 2:10.042* 0.000
2 14 VW Jean-Karl VERNAY FRA Signature 2:12.852 2:10.081* 0.039
3 4 MB Valtteri BOTTAS FIN ART Grand Prix 2:12.910 2:10.108* 0.066
4 16 VW Edoardo MORTARA ITA Signature 2:11.903 2:10.234* 0.192
5 6 VW Daniel RICCIARDO AUS Carlin 2:11.848 2:10.780* 0.738
6 15 VW Laurens VANTHOOR BEL Signature 2:12.532 2:11.073* 1.031
7 3 MB Jules BIANCHI FRA ART Grand Prix 2:13.084 2:11.279* 1.237
8 5 MB Sam BIRD GBR ART Grand Prix 2:12.239 2:11.334* 1.292
9 28 MB Stefano COLETTI MON Prema Powerteam 2:12.605 2:11.476* 1.434
10 11 VW Mika MAKI FIN Hitech Racing 2:12.636 2:11.812* 1.770
11 2 Toyota Takuto IGUCHI JPN Tom's 2:13.203 2:12.024* 1.982
12 7 VW Brendon HARTLEY NZL Carlin 2:12.055* 2:12.168 2.013
13 22 MB Roberto MERHI ESP Manor Motorsport 2:12.940 2:12.068* 2.026
14 18 MB Alexander SIMS GBR City of Dreams Raikkonen Ro'son 2:13.078 2:12.256* 2.214
15 17 MB Renger van der ZANDE NED City of Dreams Raikkonen Ro'son 2:13.127 2:12.306* 2.264
16 23 Toyota Yuji KUNIMOTO JPN NOW Motor Sports 2:15.603 2:12.547* 2.505
17 8 VW Max CHILTON GBR Carlin 2:12.994 2:12.568* 2.526
18 12 VW Wayne BOYD GBR Hitech Racing 2:14.135 2:12.749* 2.707
19 21 MB Carlos HUERTAS COL Manor Motorsport 2:12.913* 2:14.321 2.871
20 27 MB Jake ROSENZWEIG USA Fortec Motorsport 2:15.140 2:13.000* 2.958
21 10 Honda Kei COZZOLINO ITA Toda Racing 2:13.453 2:13.051* 3.009
22 29 MB Daniel ZAMPIERI ITA Prema Powerteam 2:13.734* 3.692
23 25 MB Victor GARCIA ESP Fortec Motorsport 2:19.269 2:13.781* 3.739
24 24 Toyota Koki SAGA JPN Le Beausset Motorsports 2:14.960 2:13.825* 3.783
25 30 VW Stef DUSSELDORP NED Kolles & Heinz Union 2:16.062 2:13.946* 3.904
26 31 VW Alexandre IMPERATORI SUI KCMG by Kolles & Heinz Union 2:16.847 2:14.124* 4.082
27 9 VW Henry ARUNDEL GBR Carlin 2:18.985 2:14.362* 4.320
28 26 MB Daniel MCKENZIE GBR Fortec Motorsport 2:18.431 2:16.210* 6.168
29 20 MB Michael HO MAC Champ M'sport Manor M'sport 2:18.180* 2:18.484 8.138
30 19 MB Kevin CHEN TPE Champ M'sport Raikkonen Ro'son 2:22.667 2:18.910* 8.868

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