Macau GP: Tom Blomqvist on provisional pole for F3 qualifying race

From press release

Tom Blomqvist claimed provisional pole for this Saturday's qualification race for the 61st running of the Macau Grand Prix.

The runner-up in this year's FIA Formula 3 European Championship moved up to the top of the timing screen around the halfway point in the 40 minutes' first qualifying session at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia street circuit and managed to hold on to this position until the chequered flag was out.

In second place, Italian Antonio Giovinazzi completed the 1-2 for the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team.

In the closing seconds of the session, Nick Cassidy moved up into third place from Lucas Auer.

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Tom Blomqvist (Photo: Macau GP)

The final starting grid positions for the qualification race will be known after second qualifying tomorrow at 15.10 hrs local time (8.10 hrs CET). The fastest time set by each driver in any of the two sessions will decide on the grid position.

Rather unusually for Macau, the entire qualifying session ran without any red flags.

The only major incident were impacts by Tatiana Calderón, who crashed into the barriers at the police station corner and damaged the front suspension of her car, and a crash by Martin Cao who hit the barriers at Fischerman's Bend early in the session.

After free practice, Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Esteban Ocon (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema) were given penalties for failing to come in for their cars to be weighed. The two will be dropped two places each on the grid for Saturday's qualifying race.

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