Macau Grand Prix: Vips wins qualifying race, rivals caught in pile-up

Andrew van Leeuwen
Vips wins qualifying race, pile-up hits rivals' chances
Vips wins qualifying race, pile-up hits rivals' chances

Juri Vips took a controlled win in the Macau Grand Prix qualification race, as a first-lap pile-up took a number of potential contenders out of the running.

It was a near-perfect race for Vips, who avoided giving away the slipstream into Lisboa on the first lap before controlling the remainder of the 10-lap affair.

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He managed to keep second-placed Robert Shwartzman just out of DRS range, the final gap to the Russian 1.5 seconds at the finish.

"I didn't want to take full risk at the beginning," said Vips. "The track changes overnight, so you couldn't immediately be at 100%.

"You had to build it up a little bit. It's never really perfect, but there were no mistakes.

"I didn't expect starting from pole to be the best thing, but I really got a mega start and Robert didn't get the best one. I think that's why I led into the first braking zone.

"I think if people around me get a good start tomorrow it'll be a bit harder, but I'll try my best."

Prema driver Shwartzman admitted he did not quite have enough to take the fight to Hitech Grand Prix's Vips.

"It wasn't the best, but it wasn't bad. It definitely wasn't as good as Juri's start," said Shwartzman.

"Juri was quick at the beginning, he built the gap. Towards the end I started to catch him, but it wasn't enough to get into the DRS."

Vips wins qualifying race, pile-up hits rivals' chances
Vips wins qualifying race, pile-up hits rivals' chances

A fast start set up a surprising podium for ART's Christian Lundgaard, who finished a lonely third.

Dutchman Richard Verschoor finished fourth, making one of very few passing moves at the front of the field on Callum Ilott at Lisboa with two laps to go.

Dan Ticktum faces an uphill battle to win a third straight Macau GP, after the Briton was caught up in a costly first-lap clash at Lisboa.

The crash started when Carlin's Logan Sargeant clipped Arjun Maini, whose Jenzer-run car was subsequently fired into the wall.

That left a number of cars with nowhere to go, putting Jake Hughes out on the spot, while Ticktum, who was launched into the air, had to pit for repairs.

He managed to get to the finish, but was classified 27th and two laps down.

Race result

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Gap

1

Juri Vips

Hitech Grand Prix

10

25m09.190s

2

Robert Shwartzman

SJM Theodore Racing by Prema

10

1.549s

3

Christian Lundgaard

ART Grand Prix

10

5.625s

4

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

10

7.402s

5

Callum Ilott

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

10

10.767s

6

Logan Sargeant

Carlin Buzz Racing

10

11.216s

7

Alessio Lorandi

Trident Motorsport

10

11.900s

8

Ferdinand Habsburg

ART Grand Prix

10

13.200s

9

David Beckmann

Trident Motorsport

10

20.006s

10

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

10

25.551s

11

Keyvan Andres

HWA Racelab

10

26.416s

12

Lukas Dunner

MP Motorsport

10

28.233s

13

Charles Leong

Jenzer Motorsport

10

32.905s

14

Enzo Fittipaldi

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

10

33.676s

15

Sebastian Fernandez

ART Grand Prix

10

34.261s

16

Yuki Tsunoda

Hitech Grand Prix

10

34.698s

17

Marcus Armstrong

SJM Theodore Racing by Prema

10

35.403s

18

Frederik Vesti

SJM Theodore Racing by Prema

10

35.653s

19

Andreas Estner

Jenzer Motorsport

10

36.687s

20

Liam Lawson

MP Motorsport

10

37.151s

21

Sophia Florsch

HWA Racelab

10

38.158s

22

Max Fewtrell

Hitech Grand Prix

10

38.634s

23

Olli Caldwell

Trident Motorsport

10

39.338s

24

Alessio Deledda

Campos Racing

10

58.920s

25

David Schumacher

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz

10

1m37.059s

-

Felipe Drugovich

Carlin Buzz Racing

8

Retirement

-

Dan Ticktum

Carlin Buzz Racing

8

Retirement

-

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

0

Retirement

-

Jake Hughes

HWA Racelab

0

Retirement

-

Enaam Ahmed

Campos Racing

0

Retirement

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