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Juri Vips tops second Macau practice, Tickum involved in crash

by Elliot Wood

Hitech GP’s Juri Vips set the pace in the second free practice session for the Macau Grand Prix, during which reigning winner Dan Ticktum came under investigation for a crash.

It was Prema’s Robert Shwartzman, the FIA Formula 3 champion, who set the pace early on and was the first to drop into the 2m08s.

He was quickly bettered by Carlin’s Ticktum, who kept first place while double yellows waved at the Melco hairpin for over five minutes.

HWA Racelab’s Sophia Floersch had understeered at the exit of the corner and stopped just before the barriers, but while reversing out of trouble she then stalled and impeded the track for those behind.

Vips was the first to improve once the track was green again, setting the fastest time in the ‘mountain’ sector of the lap to go fastest overall. Ticktum quickly responded though, and broke into the 2m07s.

While Floersch’s car was still being hoisted away, the session was then red flagged when Ferdinand Habsburg span at Lisboa. He got going again, but by which point all the cars had already been directed back to the pits.

The session restarted with 17 minutes to go, and this time it was Vips who failed to get his tyres up to temperature and found himself facing the wrong way at Lisboa. There was no impact for the on-track action, and he was only shuffled down from second place by a flyer from Shwartzman seven minutes later.

New Zealanders Marcus Armstrong (Prema) and Liam Lawson (MP Motorsport) then dropped the benchmark pace, with Vips improving his time but slipping further down to seventh as Sauber junior Callum Ilott also went faster.

On his last flying lap, Vips struck back with a 2m06.569s lap, half a second clear of Ilott, seconds before Trident’s David Beckmann crashed at Police Bend.

Double yellow flags were immediately waved, but Ticktum appeared to ignore them as he came through the corner at speed and ripped off the rear of his car as he clouted Beckmann. The incident is under investigation.

 

Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Juri Vips Hitech GP 2m06.569s
2 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +0.568s
3 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +0.651s
4 Marcus Armstrong Prema +0.818s
5 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport +0.870s
6 Dan Ticktum Carlin +1.101s
7 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport +1.108s
8 Robert Shwartzman Prema +1.190s
9 Olli Caldwell Trident +1.577s
10 Logan Sargeant Carlin +1.632s
11 Yuki Tsunoda Hitech GP +1.646s
12 Felipe Drugovich Carlin +2.239s
13 Frederik Vesti Prema +2.328s
14 Ferdinand Habsburg ART Grand Prix +2.397s
15 Enaam Ahmed Campos Racing +2.523s
16 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +2.632s
17 Enzo Fittipaldi Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +2.633s
18 David Schumacher Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +3.119s
19 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +3.131s
20 Charles Leong Jenzer Motorsport +4.087s
21 Alessio Lorandi Trident +4.797s
22 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport +5.476s
23 David Beckmann Trident +6.090s
24 Keyvan Andres HWA Racelab +6.652s
25 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +7.558s
26 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +10.101s
27 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix +10.162s
28 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +10.471s
29 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing +19.745s
30 Sophia Floersch HWA Racelab no time