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Felix finishes ninth on Macau Grand Prix debut

MACAU GRAND PRIX 2010

Felix completed his first Macau Grand Prix - the world's most important Formula 3 event - without trouble when he crossed the line to finish ninth following a faultless drive on Sunday afternoon.

As is the case every year, the spectacular Guia street circuit has been the scene of numerous crashes and incidents this weekend - with today's race being no exception as the top 30 F3 drivers on the globe battled it out for the FIA F3 Intercontinental Cup title. Michael Ho ran into the back of Räikkönen Robertson Racing team-mate Alexander Sims already at the start, bringing out the safety car in the process while the start/finish straight was being cleared from debris.

Felix, who started the race from 11th on the grid following the outcome of  the Qualification Race yesterday, began to make progress through the field as soon as racing resumed, fighting his way past Felipe Nasr to run in tenth when Daniel Abt crashed heavily on the back of the circuit - causing another safety car period.

Once Abt's Signature-Volkswagen had been removed, Felix wasted little time overtaking Carlos Huertas at Lisboa shortly after the re-start. The Performance Racing driver then set about chasing down Red Bull-backed British Formula 3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne, but couldn't quite get a grip on the Frenchman and instead had to see Macau veteran Roberto Merhi dive past in the closing stages of the race.

As a result, Felix finished his first-ever Macau Grand Prix in ninth place - an effort which definitely exceeded every expectation in a year when competition at the famous Chinese event has been particularly stiff.

Edoardo Mortara lived up to his position as pre-race favourite to make history as the first driver ever to win the Macau Grand Prix twice. The 2009 champion won for the second year in succession, taking the chequered flag ahead of Signature colleague Laurens Vanthoor and Prema Powerteam's Valtteri Bottas.  

FELIX'S COMMENT
“This, of course, was a very good weekend for me and I'm happy to have completed both the Qualification Race and today's finale in a decent manner. I really wanted to gain as much experience as possible over the course of this event, and I feel that I've been able to do so. It was important to overtake Nasr and Huertas as I couldn't afford to get stuck behind them if I wanted to drive at my own pace, and I sincerely think that my debut at Macau has provided me with one of the best experiences in my career so far - probably the best. A big thanks to Performance Racing and everyone else who made this chance come about; I definitely want more of this, and I know that I've become a better driver this weekend."


Results (top five)

Pos Name Laps Time
1 Edoardo Mortara  15  39m30.753s

2

Laurens Vanthoor

15

+2.120s

 3  Valtteri Bottas  15  +3.156s

4

Marco Wittmann

15

+6.230s

5

Renger van der Zande 

15

+10.631s

 9  Felix Rosenqvist  15  +20.343s

 
 
 

 
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