Alex Lynn is on pole position for Sunday’s Macau Grand Prix after winning Saturday’s Qualification Race.
The English 20-year-old, racing for Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam, finished the 10-lap race ahead of last year’s runner-up, Felix Rosenqvist, Formula 3 Europe champion Rafaele Marciello, and last year’s winner, Antonio Felix da Costa.
Lynn was hugely impressive on his Macau debut last year, qualifying in the top three before an accident in the race itself, and now has the chance to take the coveted trophy in the 60th anniversary year of the event.
“The main positive is the car felt really good,” he said. “I made a great start … in terms of the Qualification Race it’s a good result, [but] the Grand Prix is another thing entirely.”
After a poor start by Marciello, who had been on pole, Lynn and Rosenqvist battled for the lead over the opening laps before the emergence of the safety-car after an incident at the start.
“I got past him through Mandarin and then closed the door,” said Lynn. “[But] he then got the slipstream and went to the outside underbraking. I had to brake or hit the barrier; I had decided I was going to concede the lead, I just had to avoid hitting the barrier and survive.”
Rosenqvist felt the slowing of the pace behind the safety car ended his chances of regaining the lead. “The first lap was good I managed to get in front of Alex, then unfortunately the safety car came out and after that I had no real grip.
“That’s my weak point at the moment [when] the safety car [comes out] … otherwise we’re quite strong.”
Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims were fifth and sixth to fill out the first three rows of the grid for today’s race.