2010 Macau GP – Formula 3 – Qualifying 1

Edoardo Mortara Macau Friday

Edoardo Mortara - Friday in Macau

Edoardo Mortara and Valtteri Bottas emerged as early favourites after Thursday action in Macau. Following almost identical times in first free practice the gap between them remained very close also in the first F3 qualifying session. This time the positions were reversed, Mortara edged Bottas by 0.113 and claimed provisional pole position.

2010 Macau GP – Qualifying 1 Times:

1. Edoardo MORTARA – 2:13.068
2. Valtteri BOTTAS +0.113
3. Marco WITTMANN +0.525
4. Laurens VANTHOOR +0.857
5. Carlos HUERTA +0.975
6. Renger VAN DER ZANDE +0.994
7. Felipe NASR +1.149
8. James CALADO +1.198
9. Alexandre IMPERATORI +1.247
10. Daniel ABT +1.444

11. Oliver WEBB +1.598
12. Jean-Eric VERGNE +1.683
13. Will BULLER +1.787
14. Antonio DA COSTA +1.951
15. Yuhi SEKIGUCHI +2.060
16. Hideki YAMAUCHI +2.141
17. Yuji KUNIMOTO +2.270
18. Alexander SIMS +2.282
19. Roberto MERHI +2.437
20. Jazeman JAAFAR +3.056
21. Rio HARYANTO +3.071
22. Lucas FORESTI +3.290
23. Hywel LLOYD +3.627
24. Kimiya SATO +3.816
25. Felix ROSENQVIST +3.821
26. Carlos MUNOZ +4.453
27. Rafael SUZUKI +5.391
28. Adderly FONG +5.874
29. Daniel JUNCADELLA +7.824
30. Michael HO +9.604

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. Today is all about getting prepared for qualifying and the race. I’m feeling good so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.” – Edoardo Mortara

“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. I used the same tyres as this morning so I know second qualifying will be quicker.” – Valteri Bottas

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.

Both Sato and Abt who crashed in the first practice session managed to get their cars together for the second session.

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