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Mick Schumacher tops opening Macau GP practice session

by Ida Wood

Photo: Macau Grand Prix

European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher topped the first free practice session for the Macau Grand Prix as he starts his campaign to replicate his father and uncle’s triumphs.

The Prema Theodore Racing driver set his session-topping time with two minutes left, usurping new Red Bull Junior Team member Juri Vips.

A flurry of late laps reshaped the top end of the order though, with returning Carlin driver Callum Ilott splitting Schumacher and Motopark’s Macau debutant Vips. The three ended up being separated by just 0.036 seconds.

Reigning winner Dan Ticktum jumped up to fourth with his last lap, ahead of Motopark team-mate Joel Eriksson and Carlin’s Sacha Fenestraz. Robert Shwartzman was just behind them in seventh, having suffered a poor final sector to his last lap. They too were covered by a small margin of 0.049s.

Alex Palou topped the times for B-Max Racing shortly before Vips and Schumacher set their benchmarks, and he ended up slipping down to eighth, just ahead of Japanese F3 dominator Sho Tsuboi. After everyone had completed their reconnaissance lap, Tsuboi was the first to go for a flying lap and led most of the first half of the 40 minute session.

Asian F3 leader Jake Hughes was 10th fastest as he begins his first race weekend in a Dallara F3 car for over a year.

Palou’s team-mate Yuhi Sekiguchi, a winner in Super Formula, was 11th, setting the same time as 2017 Macau star Ferdinand Habsburg, who has switched from Carlin to Motopark.

Home hero Charles Leong was 27th of the 28 drivers, only taking to the track for three laps and ending up 15.543s off the pace.


Free practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Mick Schumacher Prema Theodore Racing 2m12.168s
2 Callum Ilott Carlin +0.030s
3 ?Juri Vips Motopark +0.036s
4 Dan Ticktum Motopark +0.232s
5 Joel Eriksson Motopark +0.255s
6 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin +0.277s
7 Robert Shwartzman Prema Theodore Racing +0.281s
8 Alex Palou B-MAX Racing +0.326s
9 Sho Tsuboi TOM’S +0.685s
10 Jake Hughes Hitech GP +0.945s
11 Yuhi Sekiguchi B-MAX Racing +1.098s
12 Ferdinand Habsburg Motopark +1.098s
13 Ralf Aron Prema Theodore Racing +1.208s
14 Marcus Armstrong Prema Theodore Racing +1.259s
15 Guan Yu Zhou Prema Theodore Racing +1.273s
16 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing +1.741s
17 Ritomo Miyata TOM’S +1.818s
18 Marino Sato Motopark +2.095s
19 Enaam Ahmed Hitech GP +2.262s
20 Jehan Daruvala Carlin +2.292s
21 Toshiki Oyu Toda Racing +2.519s
22 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing +2.728s
23 Frederik Vesti Van Amersfoort Racing +3.369s
24 Ukyo Sasahara ThreeBond +4.017s
25 Sena Sakaguchi Toda Racing +4.887s
26 Yoshiaki Katayama Carlin +9.021s
27 Charles Leong Hitech GP +15.543s
28 Ryuji ‘Dragon’ Kumita B-MAX Racing +15.796s