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11/18/10
Macau GP
Mortara on provisional pole position for Macau Grand Prix  
Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara secured provisional pole position for the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Thursday – but reckoned it was still too early to read anything into the times.

The Signature driver, who is hoping to become the first man in history to win the blue riband F3 race twice, got steadily faster through the session before knocking closest rival Valtteri Bottas off the top of the timesheets with 11 minutes remaining.

Almost immediately after Mortara set that provisional pole position time, Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar crashed at Fishermen’s Bend – leaving his car stranded near the barriers on the inside of the track and bringing out the yellow flags.

Those caution flags meant drivers were unable to improve on their fastest times before the end of the session – meaning that Mortara’s best effort was enough to keep him 0.113 seconds ahead of Bottas.

“I’m happy to be first, but I don’t really care about the times at the moment,” said Mortara. “Today is all about getting prepared for qualifying and the race. I’m feeling good so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Bottas was far from unhappy about the result of the session – as he was well aware that improved track conditions tomorrow, plus more confidence in the car and new tires would see times tumble.

“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 the Prema Powerteam driver. “I used the same tires as this morning so I know second qualifying will be quicker.”

Mortara’s team-mates Marco Wittmann and Laurens Vanthoor ended the session third and fourth fastest, ahead of Carlos Huertas and Renger van der Zande.

The session was red flagged after 14 minutes when Daniel Juncadella hit the wall at Fishermen’s Bend. There was a short delay while his car was retrieved and the barriers were fixed.

Results

POS NO DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 1 Edoardo MORTARA ITA Signature 2:13.068 10 0.000s
2 28 Valtteri BOTTAS FIN Prema Powerteam 2:13.181 10 0.113
3 2 Marco WITTMANN GER Signature 2:13.593 12 0.525
4 3 Laurens VANTHOOR BEL Signature 2:13.925 12 0.857
5 23 Carlos HUERTAS COL Hitech Racing 2:14.043 12 0.975
6 26 Renger VAN DER ZANDE NED Motopark Academy 2:14.062 11 0.994
7 12 Felipe NASR BRA Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:14.217 11 1.149
8 6 James CALADO GBR Carlin 2:14.266 12 1.198
9 20 Alexandre IMPERATORI SUI Toda Racing with KCMG 2:14.315 12 1.247
10 4 Daniel ABT GER Signature 2:14.512 12 1.444
11 17 Oliver WEBB GBR Fortec Motorsport 2:14.666 12 1.598
12 5 Jean-Eric VERGNE FRA Carlin 2:14.751 12 1.683
13 18 Will BULLER GBR Fortec Motorsport 2:14.855 12 1.787
14 8 Antonio DA COSTA POR Carlin 2:15.019 12 1.951
15 21 Yuhi SEKIGUCHI JPN Three Bond Racing 2:15.128 12 2.060
16 22 Hideki YAMAUCHI JPN Hanashima Racing 2:15.209 12 2.141
17 9 Yuji KUNIMOTO JPN Tom's 2:15.338 12 2.270
18 11 Alexander SIMS GBR Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:15.350 9 2.282
19 16 Roberto MERHI ESP Prema Powerteam 2:15.505 8 2.437
20 7 Jazeman JAAFAR MAS Carlin 2:16.124 6 3.056
21 14 Rio HARYANTO INA Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:16.139 12 3.071
22 19 Lucas FORESTI BRA Fortec Motorsport 2:16.358 12 3.290
23 30 Hywel LLOYD GBR CF Racing with Manor Motorsport 2:16.695 12 3.627
24 27 Kimiya SATO JPN Motopark Academy 2:16.884 12 3.816
25 32 Felix ROSENQVIST SWE Performance Racing 2:16.889 12 3.821
26 24 Carlos MUNOZ COL Hitech Racing 2:17.521 10 4.453
27 10 Rafael SUZUKI BRA Tom's 2:18.459 12 5.391
28 29 Adderly FONG HKG Sino Vision Racing 2:18.942 10 5.874
29 15 Daniel JUNCADELLA ESP Prema Powerteam 2:20.892 3 7.824
30 13 Michael HO MAC Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:22.672 10 9.604
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