SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver Callum Ilott scored a sensational victory in the Qualification Race ahead of the 64th Macau Grand Prix.
Maximilian Günther finished fourth with Guan Yu Zhou in tenth, whilst Mick Schumacher recovered from an incident to take 20th.
Ilott surged from third on the grid to grab second off the line, before the young Briton set about attacking early leader Joel Eriksson.
Team-mate Günther followed Ilott past the slow-starting Lando Norris, as the German calmly slotted into third on the opening lap.
Günther was soon busy fending off the challenges from Sergio Sette Camara behind him, however, would eventually relinquish the final place on the podium on lap six.
One lap later and it was all eyes on Ilott as he homed in on Eriksson’s car ahead of him. The Ferrari Academy driver had already made one failed attempt to pass Eriksson around the outside at Lisboa corner on lap five, but this time Ilott drew alongside before scything his way down the inside through the Mandarin kink.
Ilott never looked back and impressively began pulling away from the chasing pack, eventually taking a commanding victory by nearly eight seconds.
Günther and Zhou finished where they started, in fourth and tenth respectively, although both enjoyed separate battles throughout the race.
Schumacher was flying in the early stages as the rookie fought hard for a top six position. He unfortunately locked up, whilst trying to pass Ferdinand Habsburg and would tumble to the rear of the field after taking to an escape road. The German bounced back well from that point, recording a number of eye catching laps in his recovery drive.
The result of the Qualification Race sets the grid for the all-important Macau Grand Prix, meaning Ilott will start tomorrow’s blue riband event from pole position. Günther is also well positioned to fight for victory, as he will start the race from the second row of the grid.
The 64th running of the Macau Grand Prix will commence at 15:30 (GMT +8) local time.
#7 – Callum Ilott
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1. After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
#8 – Guan Yu Zhou
“I made a really quick start and made up some positions, but then in turn 4 the car in front braked very early and as I had to brake too I lost a spot. Otherwise the race was really clean and we got a nice starting spot for the Grand Prix.”
#9 – Maximilian Günther
“Not a bad qualifying race for me. I made a really good start and gained one position up to P3. The pace was good in the first few laps but then my rear tires were going away and made me struggle a lot like many other competitors. Sergio was on new tires so he got around me, but then I kept P4 until the end. I’m happy with where we are and I think it’s a great starting position for tomorrow.”
#10 – Mick Schumacher
“Race 1 was very exciting with the exception that we obviously hoped for a better position which at the end was hard to achieve. The start was very good but then, while fighting for positions, I braked a little too late, locked up and went straight at Lisboa. In the end, after rejoining the track, the speed was pretty good which was positive. I’m really looking forward for the final race of the weekend.”