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Juri Vips takes dominant Macau pole with record lap

by Bethonie Waring

Red Bull junior Juri Vips secured pole for the Macau Grand Prix qualification race, after early pacesetter Marcus Armstrong crashed out of the second qualifying session.

Prema driver Armstrong had been top of the order in Q2, becoming the first ever driver to lap in the 2m05s, but as he pushed even harder he ended up hitting the wall at Police, bringout out the red flags. Earlier on, he had got a puncture by skimming a barrier.

The second half of the session began with a flurry of tumbling lap times, with Hitech GP’s Vips jumping to the top of the order with a stunning 2m04.997s lap.

Formula 1 juniors Robert Shwartzman, Callum Ilott and Christian Lundgaard all found improvements in the closing stages, but none could come close to Vips? time. Armstrong’s team-mate Shwartzman ended the session closest, 0.379s off.

HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes, who was quickest in Q1 on Thursday, improved very late on to jump back up to sixth, 0.051s behind MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor.

The third Prema car of Frederik Vesti took seventh, ahead of Jenzer Motorsport’s Arjun Maini, Armstrong, and Carlin’s Logan Sargeant – who was the third best rookie behind Lundgaard and Verschoor.

Sargeant’s team-mate and two-time Macau winner Dan Ticktum was 13th fastest. A free practice crash with David Beckmann meant his car wasn’t repaired in time for the beginning of Q2, but the red flag stoppage meant both were able to join the second half of the session.

Traffic compromised Ticktum’s first couple attempts, but he was able to improve on his Q1 pace. Beckmann couldn’t, and sank from second place down to 19th.

The session ended under the red flag when Ferdinand Habsburg came to a stop on track two minutes before the chequered flag. It was the third stoppage, with the first coming when Leonardo Pulcini and Enzo Fittipaldi ran into the wall 10 minutes into the session.


Combined qualifying results
Pos Name Team Q1 Q2
1 Juri Vips Hitech GP 2m06.943 2m04.997
2 Robert Shwartzman Prema 2m08.083 2m05.376
3 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 2m07.781 2m05.580
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 2m08.250 2m05.669
5 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 2m08.578 2m05.723
6 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 2m06.793 2m05.774
7 Frederik Vesti Prema 2m07.903 2m05.776
8 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 2m08.644 2m05.814
9 Marcus Armstrong Prema 2m07.285 2m05.955
10 Logan Sargeant Carlin 2m07.412 2m06.043
11 Ferdinand Habsburg ART Grand Prix 2m09.490 2m06.209
12 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP 2m16.536 2m06.368
13 Dan Ticktum Carlin 2m07.600 2m06.406
14 Alessio Lorandi Trident 2m08.357 2m06.428
15 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport 2m09.296 2m06.455
16 Felipe Drugovich Carlin 2m08.487 2m06.637
17 Olli Caldwell Trident 2m12.105 2m06.641
18 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 2m09.052 2m06.717
19 David Beckmann Trident 2m06.844 2m08.273
20 Enaam Ahmed Campos Racing 2m09.211 2m07.146
21 Yuki Tsunoda Hitech GP no time 2m07.307
22 Keyvan Andres HWA Racelab 2m09.660 2m07.579
23 David Schumacher Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 2m10.381 2m07.587
24 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 2m11.129 2m07.892
25 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 2m08.287 2m10.001
26 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 2m11.006 2m08.651
27 Sophia Floersch HWA Racelab 2m10.889 2m09.259
28 Charles Leong Jenzer Motorsport 2m09.918 2m09.568
29 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 2m12.991 2m10.114
30 Enzo Fittipaldi Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 2m10.894 2m10.124