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Felix clips Lisboa wall in opening Macau practice 


Felix didn’t have to wait long to get a feel for the intricacy of the Guia street circuit in Macau, as he clipped the barriers at the tight right-hander of Lisboa after just two laps of initial practice for the Macau Grand Prix this morning.

The Performance Racing car got away with only slight damage to its front-left suspension, but Felix lost some well-needed time on a circuit where experience counts for more than anywhere else. A contributing factor to the accident was the amount of oil still left on the racing line following an earlier incident during practice for one of the support classes, forcing Felix – as well as Indonesian Rio Haryanto – into the wall on the exit of the corner.

Practice came to a premature end when Daniel Abt - Felix’s rival from this year’s ATS Formula 3 Cup championship, and another rookie to the Macau Grand Prix – crashed heavily and brought out the red flags some 10 minutes before the scheduled end to the session. Kimiya Sato was another to hit trouble, after clipping the wall after 17 minutes.

Valtteri Bottas opened Macau proceedings in the best possible way by topping the timesheets with a lap of 2m14.578s – albeit just 0.010 seconds faster than 2009 winner Edoardo Mortara.

“The first impression of this place is huge; this circuit really is something very special. It’s very tight and speeds are high – even though I wasn’t able to get a real feeling for it due to my incident in the beginning of the session. I braked at 250 meters, but the oil still made me understeer off line and into the barriers – luckily at low speed. The car is OK and we will be ready to get out again in time for qualifying, but I need as many laps as possible without any problems from now on.”   

Next session: Qualifying 1 | 14.25

Results (top five)

Pos Name Laps Best Time
1 Valtteri Bottas  8  2m14.578s


Edoardo Mortara



 3  Laurens Vanthoor  10  2m15.345s


Roberto Merhi




Carlos Huertas 



 29  Felix Rosenqvist  2  - 


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