After topping the times in the Friday free practice, Muecke motorsport driver Felix Rosenqvist staked his claim for a first Macau Grand Prix victory by claiming pole for the weekend's race earlier today. After a difficult season in European F3, for Rosenqvist he's hoping it will be fifth time lucky for the Macau GP.
Tom Blomqvist held the provisional pole overnight although was eventually demoted by first Prema man Lucas Auer and then European F3 champion Esteban Ocon, before Rosenqvist took pole in the final seven minutes with a scintillating 2m11.506, 0.332 seconds quicker than second man Auer.
Row 2 will be filled with the impressive Tom Blomqvist in 3rd for Carlin with Lotus Junior driver Ocon completing the row in 4th. Max Verstappen will maybe be disappointed to only start 5th considering the great season he's had so far, with Jordan King showing Carlin are well prepared for this race in 6th.
Nick Cassidy showed his skill as he lines up 7th on his Macau debut for T-Sport, with Antonio Giovinazzi 8th for Carlin. Nicholas Latifi starts 9th whilst Renault World series 3.5 championship contender Roberto Merhi completes the top 10 for Double R racing. The other notable contender and GP2 race winner Stefano Coletti struggled in 12th for the single car Eurointernational team.
Of course from here anything can happen in Macau, with Rosenqvist already having crashed the car in free practice, and the fast but supremely narrow nature of the Macau circuit waiting to catch out any driver taking chances. It's only qualifying, although Rosenqvist, Auer and Blomqvist will all be starting their race weekend with plenty of confidence after their supreme qualifying efforts.