It’s certainly been a thrilling Macau event so far – a wet first practice and qualifying definitely was a shock to those who have been used to a dry track for the past few years. And although the second practice and qualifying sessions however remained dry (and ultimately set the grid for tomorrow’s race) they still provided us with some great action.
Almost every session over the past few two days has been disrupted by crashes, yellow flags and red flags. Unfortunately for Kevin Magnussen he was one of many drivers caught up in the incidents and as a result will start the race tomorrow from the back of the grid despite qualifying a massively impressive 7th on his Macau debut – however we know that if anyone can make their way through the field from that position, it’s Kevin.
Felipe Nasr was on the pace from the outset, and during qualifying he set the fastest time at the mid point of the session. A few quicker times from others on track soon after, and a slight coming together with the wall, means that the reigning British F3 champion will start the race from a promising 5th on the grid.
Carlos Huertas had a great second qualifying session and made it three cars in the top 10. The Colombian stayed out of trouble and set consistently quick times throughout the session – Carlos also looks likely to have a great race tomorrow.
Jazeman Jaafar was unlucky in traffic. In the first half of the session he was very quick however during the second half of qualifying he managed to catch traffic and couldn’t quite get his tyres to work after. He will line up 15th and hopes to make up places through the course of the race.
All in all we’re pretty pleased with our positions in Macau and really can’t wait for the race to start tomorrow!
We were also thrilled this week to see Jean-Eric Vergne top all three days of the young driver test, not only was he blindingly fast but the 21 year old was only 4 tenths off of Sebastian Vettel’s Abu Dhabi qualifying time – incredible. We were also excited on Thursday when we noticed Max Chilton was the fastest rookie in the test! He finished fifth in his Force India however everybody in front of him had previously participated in testing before – definitely a great drive over the two days from Max.
Back at base we’re undertaking the momentous task of decorating. We believe there is space for about 70 large pictures in the factory and we think we’ve come up with some cracking shots to grace our walls, which we can’t wait to show you. However, if there are any that stick in your mind from Carlin’s past, do pass on your suggestions – we’d love to see if there’s any gems we’ve forgotten. Leave us a message here, on Twitter or on Facebook and we’ll have a little look!