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Mick Schumacher leads second Macau GP practice session

by Ida Wood

Photo: Macau Grand Prix

Mick Schumacher topped the second free practice session for the Macau Grand Prix, just edging Callum Ilott.

Prema Theodore Racing driver Schumacher also topped FP1, and initially had no answer to the pace of Formula 3 returnee Joel Eriksson, who led the first half of the session, often by more than half a second.

Carlin driver Ilott, another F3 returnee, was initially his closest rival, before Schumacher took over the mantle as the first runs for most drivers came to an end.

It was only late in the second runs did the times at the top start to drop again, with Eriksson’s Motopark team-mate Juri Vips leaping into first place. A traffic-free lap for Ilott with five minutes to go then put him top, having survived an earlier moment in the Mountain section while on the limit, before Schumacher put in the benchmark time two minutes later.

Ilott got within 0.091 seconds of Schumacher with his last lap, but the?session was red flagged after a Toshiki Oyu crash at Maternity Bend before anyone else could respond.

Vips ended up in third, ahead of smooth Hitech GP driver Jake Hughes and provisional poleman Dan Ticktum. The Motopark driver and 2017 winner had a longer first run than most, and ended up doing the most laps of anybody.

Eriksson slipped down to sixth place, ahead of Prema’s Marcus Armstrong, who improved massively from FP1, B-MAX Racing’s Alex Palou, Armstrong’s team-mate Ralf Aron and Carlin driver Jehan Daruvala.

Ferdinand Habsburg, the star of Macau last year before crashing at the last corner, was the last runner within a second of Schumacher in 11th place.

Japanese F3 champion Sho Tsuboi dissapointed in 13th, four places ahead of?top Van Amersfoort Racing driver Sophia Floersch, and a further seven ahead of home favourite Charles Leong.


Free practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Mick Schumacher Prema Theodore Racing 2m10.674s
2 Callum Ilott Carlin +0.091s
3 Juri Vips Motopark +0.208s
4 Jake Hughes Hitech GP +0.227s
5 Dan Ticktum Motopark +0.301s
6 Joel Eriksson Motopark +0.309s
7 Marcus Armstrong Prema Theodore Racing +0.351s
8 Alex Palou B-MAX Racing +0.469s
9 Ralf Aron Prema Theodore Racing +0.558s
10 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +0.861s
11 Ferdinand Habsburg Motopark +0.902s
12 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-MAX Racing +1.041s
13 Sho Tsuboi TOM’S +1.091s
14 Guan Yu Zhou Prema Theodore Racing +1.301s
15 Marino Sato Motopark +1.406s
16 Robert Shwartzman Prema Theodore Racing +1.430s
17 Sohpia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing +1.543s
18 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin +1.787s
19 Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP +1.919s
20 Ritomo Miyata TOM’S +2.163s
21 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing +2.544s
22 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing +2.660s
23 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond +2.885s
24 Charles Leong Hitech GP +3.514s
25 Toshiki Oyu Toda Racing +3.795s
26 Yoshiaki Katayama Carlin +4.614s
27 Sena Sakaguchi Toda Racing +5.257s
28 Ryuji ‘Dragon’ Kumita B-MAX Racing +11.879s