SJM Theodore Racing by Prema enjoyed a productive opening day of the 64th Macau Grand Prix weekend as its quartet of drivers completed solid runs during practice and qualifying.
Maximilian Günther proved to be the leading light for Theodore as he set the third fastest time overall. Having led proceedings for much of the first qualifying session the German shuffled down into fifth post delay. Günther gained two positions, closely behind Pedro Piquet in second and Lando Norris in first.
Running was interrupted by several red flag incidents involving rival drivers, often halting the rhythm and flow of timed laps, but all four Theodore Racing drivers returned unscathed and with plenty of laps under their belts.
Aside from Günther’s impressive lap, Briton Callum Ilott produced the sixth fastest time with Chinese star Guanyu Zhou in ninth.
Rookie Mick Schumacher ran extremely well throughout both practice and the opening qualifying session, ending the day 12th on the timesheets.
Such is the schedule at the famous Macau Grand Prix that it means there will be a further practice and qualifying session tomorrow (17 November). The fastest lap set by each driver during either Thursday or Friday’s qualifying sessions will then determine their position on the grid for Saturday’s qualification race.
Practice 2 will take place at 11:45 local time (GMT +8) tomorrow, before Qualifying 2 commences at 15:25 (GMT +8). Saturday’s Qualification Race will then set the grid for Sunday’s 64th running of the Macau Grand Prix.
#7 – Callum Ilott
“We got a little slow start of the day, but practice 1 was successful, we were extremely consistent and had no issues whatsoever. We did some changes for qualifying 1 but then there were many red flags, which messed up our push laps and forced us to content with P6. Anyway if we can get some good push laps tomorrow, we will have the chance to be at the front.”
#8 – Guan Yu Zhou
“We finished a pretty decent practice session with a sixth place, while in qualifying we did not run at our 100 percent and didn’t even put on new tires. P9 is good and we are ready to push in qualifying 2.”
#9 – Maximilian Günther
“We faced some technical issues in practice 1 and to regain running time we completed more laps than planned in qualifying 1. The feeling was great since the beginning and I stayed at the front for most of the time. In the final part of the session some of our rivals put on new tires but we stayed on the old ones so we should be able to get a good result on new rubber in qualifying 2.”
#10 – Mick Schumacher
“Driving in Macau is a very exciting new challenge. It’s the first time for me here and I’m pretty happy about how the day went. We learned a lot about the track, now bring on the weekend!”