Friday, November 19, 2004

Kubica locks up pole in Macau F3

The final practice for the Macau F3 Grand Prix has come and gone - the Manor Motorsport team from Sheffield have locked up the front row with Robert Kubica on pole position and Lewis Hamilton alongside. In third place is the American driver Richard Antinucci. Fourth place was taken by Nico Rosberg, Nelson Piquet Jnr fifth and Jamie Green sixth. The final qualifying session held in bright sunshine produced a fast pace with Kubica circulating this 3.8 mile circuit in a time of 2 mins 12.155 secs. Hamilton who was fastest yesterday relied on his time from the previous session to secure second place. The prospect of a fast qualifying race on Saturday and the final on Sunday raises the possibility of a lap time in the 2 mins 11 second bracket.

Journalists at the track are lamenting the lack of access to the legendary Pizzeria Toscana, put off limits by the organizers for their own use. One of the greatest facilities at any race track anywhere, is lying idle most of the time while those working at the track lack proper catering facilities. This is doing nothing to enhance the reputation of this great race.

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