Carbone quickest in first practice
Fabio Carbone saved his best until last during Thursday's
opening free practice session for this weekend's Macau Formula
3 Grand Prix to set the fastest time. The Three Bond Racing
driver, who was on pole position for last year's race, moved
to the top of the timesheets in the closing seconds of the
session - before beating his best time on his final lap.
have started okay," he said. "There were lots of
small things on the car that we had to work on, but it is
a good start. I think I learned a lot after last year and
now let's just wait and see for qualifying this afternoon."
closest challenger was American Richard Antinucci, who also
set his best lap on his final tour to the chequered flag.
The TOM's driver's best lap was 0.612 seconds behind Carbone.
Briton Lewis Hamilton managed to set the third best time,
despite losing valuable track time after being forced into
the pits with a broken wheel nut. The Manor Motorsport driver
had been at the top of the timesheets, two seconds clear of
the opposition, when he encountered the problem.
felt like I had a flat tyre and I just had to slow down,"
explained Hamilton. "I could not see what it was in the
mirrors so I thought it best to come into the pits to see
what it was - especially as I was sure I hadn't hit the wall.
Despite that, the car feels sweet at the moment and I've got
a good feeling about this weekend. This track is mega."
Robert Kubica was fourth quickest, despite a brush with the
wall at Lisboa early in the session after he was forced to
take avoiding action to stop himself from hitting Alvaro Parente.
He also understeered into the wall at the hairpin later that
lap after running wide on cement dust laid down after an earlier
session had left oil on the track.
Piquet Jr., one of the pre-event favourites, had a troubled
session as he ran wide at the hairpin early on and then suffered
suspected steering problems to end up 23rd overall
Perera had a spin
Danny Watts said he was 'surprised'
to end up eighth overall after suffering a puncture early
in the session and losing track time