Red Bull Junior Team driver Arvid Lindblad claimed pole position in Formula 4 at Macau’s world-famous Guia Circuit. Asian Motorsport reviews the action from a tumultuous qualifying session.

By Nida Anis

Lindblad stole the show with an impressive lap in the Prema-run Theodore Racing car, clocking a time of 2 minutes and 24.293 seconds. His remarkable performance put him 0.549 seconds faster than his teammate, Freddie Slater, who claimed the second position on the grid.

The qualifying session was far from straightforward. It was delayed by 15 minutes due to a slippery track surface in the final sector, a result of a previous incident from another racing series. When the session finally got underway, R-ace GP’s Hadrien David set the early pace with a time of 02:29.396.

As the session progressed, Lindblad found his rhythm and started to gain ground. He eventually went fastest with a lap time of 02:25.131, but the drama was far from over. Red flags waved due to incidents involving Kai Daryanani and Martinius Stenshorne, further disrupting the flow of the qualifying session.

Despite the interruptions, Lindblad remained determined. With just 90 seconds left on the clock, he pulled out all the stops, setting a blistering final lap of 02:24.293 to secure pole position by a comfortable margin.

Freddie Slater also made a late surge, narrowly edging out Hadrien David to secure the second spot on the grid, with the Frenchman settling for third. Lindblad’s performance was not only a testament to his skill but also to the competitive spirit that defines motorsport in Macau.

Charles Leong, driving for the Prema-run Theodore Racing team, took the fourth spot, while Rashid Al Dhaheri completed the top five.

The qualifying session at Macau showcased the unpredictable nature of motorsport, with multiple red flags and dramatic last-minute improvements in lap times. As the drivers prepare for the upcoming race, all eyes will be on Lindblad as he looks to convert his pole position into a victory on the challenging Guia Circuit.

The invitational round of the recently-revived F4 SEA championship promises to deliver thrilling action and exciting racing as the drivers battle for supremacy on this iconic street circuit. Stay tuned for more updates on Asian Motorsport as the event unfolds.

Header photo credit: Dutch Photo Agency / Red Bull Content Pool

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