Hamilton dominates first qualifying
Lewis Hamilton was in a class of his own during first qualifying
for this weekend's Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix after he ended
the day more than one second clear of his nearest rival.
The Manor Motorsport driver kept his cool during an incident
filled session to outpace fellow Briton Jamie Green, with
Brazilian Fabio Carbone third overall.
moved to the top of the timesheets from the first lap of
qualifying and consistently improved his advantage despite
a spate of session-stopping incidents that caused the red
flags to come out twice. He even had a small moment himself
- running wide on the dust - but was fortunate enough not
to hit the wall.
was close," said Hamilton of the incident. "Considering
that was my only scare in 45 minutes of running is not too
bad, and I think I even impressed myself.
"I know what I came here to do and whether I am two
seconds clear of the rest or one tenth doesn't really matter.
Every lap I was doing out there was quicker and considering
we did not use any new tyres, there should be more time
Green had been consistently quick through the session and
set his best lap on his final flying lap - just pipping
last year's pole position man Fabio Carbone. Richard Antinucci
moved up the timesheets in the closing minutes to set the
fourth fastest time, while Danny Watts admitted to taking
a conservative approach as he took fifth place, one slot
ahead of Nico Rosberg.
didn't use new tyres and just spent the session dialling
myself and the car in," said Watts. "I decided
to take the conservative approach today and I hope it pays
first red flag of the day was caused by Frenchman Eric Salignon,
who crashed his ASM car at the Solitude Esses one third
of the way through the session. After a short break, while
his car was cleared from the track, the session resumed
but almost straight away there were further incidents as
a spate of drivers - including Robert Kubica, Marchy Lee,
Lucas di Grassi and Marco Asmer - all came to grief out
on the track.
Parente caused the second red flag when he badly damaged
his Carlin Motorsport car out the back of the circuit
Piquet Jr., one of the pre-event favourites, struggled to
find pace and ended up 16th.