SJM Theodore Racing by Prema’s Felix Rosenqvist will start from sixth on the grid as he makes his bid for his third successive victory in the Macau Grand Prix.
The Swedish star moved from eighth on the grid to sixth at the beginning of the qualification race for the 63rd running of the famous event. But he could not quite mount an overtaking bid on the two cars in front.
Nick Cassidy followed Rosenqvist in seventh place for the majority of the race after a superb start from 10th on the grid, but a technical problem forced the New Zealander to lose ground. Over the final three laps he dropped to 11th place.
Macau GP rookie Maximilian Gunther was the best of the team’s three drivers in qualifying and made a good start to gain one place from his grid position of seventh. But unfortunately he clipped the barriers at the Mandarin Oriental bend on lap one, damaging the suspension and forcing him to retire in the pits.
Tomorrow is the day that counts and the entire team will be working as hard as possible to ensure we fight for victory.
Felix Rosenqvist: “It was one of those races really. At the moment we have a bit of homework to do tonight and It’s a combination of different things to be honest. I also made contact trying to pass the car in front at one point when he flicked towards me scarily, and then I decided it was better to finish the race and have a good grid position for tomorrow.”
Nick Cassidy: “I made probably the best start out of the whole field, but on the sixth lap I had a technical issue and that’s why I dropped back. It got worse and worse and it’s annoying because it was something completely out of my control.”
Maximilian Gunther: “I got a good start and gained a position. The inside of Turn 2 was blocked by other cars, and I had a lot of speed, so I decided to go to the outside, which is possible in this corner. I did everything I thought I needed to, but I was a bit too much to the left, on the dirty part of the track, and I crashed into the wall. That’s Macau – these things happen. I need to keep my head up and, even if we start last tomorrow, I want to do a great race with a lot of overtaking.”