Marcus Ericsson has secured provisional pole position in Thursday’s first qualifying session for the Macau Grand Prix.
The Swede, driving for the TOM’s team which is aiming for an historic hat-trick of victories in the famous street race, moved to the top of the timesheet in the dying stages of qualifying. The result was guaranteed when the session had to be red-flagged seconds later after Laurens Vanthoor crashed at Police Bend.
Australia driver Daniel Ricciardo, the recently-crowned British Formula 3 Champion, took second place on the provisional grid. He admitted to Autosport.com that he had surpassed his expectations for his maiden Macau meeting.
Edoardo Mortara ended third, ahead of New Zealander Brendon Hartley. Briton Sam Bird was fifth, with Vanthoor securing sixth spot despite his late accident.