SJM Theodore Racing by Prema enjoyed a hugely successful qualifying session ahead of the 64th Macau Grand Prix with all four of its drivers finishing inside the top ten.
Briton Callum Ilott and German Maximilian Günther shone for Theodore, ending up third and fourth respectively, whilst rookie Mick Schumacher performed brilliantly to claim seventh.
It was a mixed session for Chinese racer Guanyu Zhou as his day ended in the barrier after an accident late on, but the young driver, had still recorded a lap time good enough for tenth on the grid.
The session was littered with red flag incidents, a number of which looked to have scuppered the efforts of Theodore Racing’s talented quartet, but late improvements would change the order throughout the field.
Joel Eriksson and Lando Norris clocked laps in the final moments to take first and second on the grid for tomorrow’s Qualification Race, before Ilott and Günther produced their own late heroics to complete the second row order.
Schumacher, who completed his stellar lap to take seventh, resulted in the rising star taking the top rookie time of the field.
Tomorrow the team has its eyes set on the Qualification Race scheduled for 10:20 (GMT +8) to determine grid positions for the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday at 15:30 (GMT +8). Keep track of all the action on the Theodore Racing website where there is a live stream plus live timing for both races.
#7 – Callum Ilott
“Free practice in the morning was quite strong and consistent, and we finished P4 without any problem. We made a few tweaks into qualifying 2 for the new tires, and the car felt very good from the beginning. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much time on-track with five red flags, so I only managed to set the time on the last lap. I’m happy to have finished P3 but I also know I could have done better. Anyway this is Macau, now we need to focus on the races.”
#8 – Guan Yu Zhou
“We obviously didn’t get the qualifying we wanted but it’s good to be the first Chinese driver to finish in the top-10. In general it wasn’t the best of days: with the first set of tires the car felt really good but with the second I made a mistake and crashed so it was a bit of a shame. Now it’s time to focus on the races…”
#9 – Maximilian Günther
“Finishing qualifying 2 in P4 is quite OK. I fought for the pole position and eventually settled for the second row, which is good for Macau. Actually, thanks to the slipstream effect, P4 is a bit like a pole position. The session was pretty difficult because we got many red flags and the car was sliding quite a lot. I eventually put a good laptime together. We split the strategy within the team with Callum having two new tires in the end while I got them earlier, but in the end we got a great team result. We are all in the top-10 and this is a long weekend. We look forward to another important day tomorrow.”
#10 – Mick Schumacher
“Free practice 2 was quite ok except for a little mistake I made which cost me a lot of track time but still I had managed to set a quick lap before. Qualifying 2 was really exciting, quite a bit more stressing than before. I felt really comfortable in the car and I managed to set a good lap although I was blocked at the last corner but otherwise it went good. We might have been able to do a little bit better but I think we can be very happy with seventh place.”