Fast Felix Rosenqvist switches gear to land pole position ahead of rivals in Macau GP
Spaniard Daniel Juncadella is on the verge of taking the top spot, but Swedem digs deep to snatch pole in second qualifying
Sweden's Felix Rosenqvist held off intense pressure from Spaniard Daniel Juncadella to grab pole position for the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.
The reigning FIA European champion took pole position after securing the fastest time in the second qualifying session at the tricky 6.2km Guia circuit yesterday.
The SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver had been fastest overall in Thursday's first qualifying session, but had it all to do again after Van Amersfoort's Charles Leclerc moved to the top of the time sheets halfway throughout Friday's session.
After switching to some new tyres, Rosenqvist responded brilliantly – producing a sequence of laps to secure the top spot as his rivals started delivering their best.
Behind him, Juncadella left it late to deliver his best and the Spaniard was on the verge of taking the top spot.
But well aware that there was a chance he could lose pole position, Rosenqvist had to push hard again and eventually edged himself two tenths clear.
His pole spot was then secured when the red flag came out with four minutes remaining after Antonio Giovinazzi crashed just after Matsuya Bend. With not enough time to restart it, a Rosenqvist and Juncadella front row was secured.
Rosenqvist said: “Definitely the two guys (Leclerc and Juncadella) gave me a lot of push today. When they told me on the radio that Dani was on a similar lap time to me, I had to put the next gear in and risk a lot to do the lap. But I was happy to do it.”