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Felix finishes second in thrilling Qualification Race

Macau Grand Prix
Venue:
Guia Circuit (China) | Date: 16 November 2013 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix set himself up as one of the ultimate contenders for victory in Sunday's all-important Macau Grand Prix finale by finishing second in a thrilling Qualification Race which saw him initially hold the lead and throw in the fastest lap of the event.

Starting from the front row of the grid, Felix immediately grabbed the lead as he shot past pole-sitter Raffaele Marciello off the line. In classic Macau fashion, however, his early advantage soon turned into a disadvantage on the long flat-out section towards Lisboa Bend, leaving him vulnerable to the challenging Alex Lynn - who used Felix's slipstream to grab first place.

Felix would not surrender yet, however, benefitting from a better exit out of Lisboa to muscle his way past Lynn once again on the sprint towards San Francisco Hill. Eager to break free from his British rival, Felix then created a gap over the Prema Powerteam man throughout the rest of the lap, only to have it all eradicated by a safety car period. At the restart, Lynn duly took advantage of another slipstream situation to grab a lead he would finally never surrender.

Felix, who set the fastest lap of the race on lap eight, took the chequered flag 2.4 seconds behind Lynn, with Marciello coming home third and 2012 Macau winner António Félix da Costa fourth. In doing so, he ensured that the front two rows for tomorrow's finale will be filled by the four strongest pre-event favourites. 

All of the hard work carried out over the last three days now boils down to one final, ultimate race before the international Formula 3 campaign comes to its definitive close; tomorrow's 15-lap do-or-die Star River ‧ Windsor Arch Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix.


QUOTE | FELIX

"I made a good start and got past Raffaele off the line, but then there was nothing I could do once Alex got into my tow. It's so difficult to defend the lead here due to the long straight and the effect of slipstreaming, but I at least did what I could and forced him to brake a little later into Lisboa than he probably would have done otherwise. I got a slightly better exit and got past again into San Francisco, and I then pushed as hard as I could to try and open up a gap and break free before getting back onto the straight. Unfortunately, however, the safety car came out and that plan was ruined - and Alex slipstreamed back in front after the restart.

"After that, I lost a little bit of grip and decided to play it easy - tomorrow is when it really counts. The balance improved again towards the end and I could set the fastest lap of the race, and we definitely have the pace to win this. It will come down to other factors, however, and while the car felt generally strong, I still think we will need a little more top speed. We will analyse the data this afternoon and decide on a direction for tomorrow, and I will be doing everything I possibly can to end this season on the strongest possible note." 



Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 10 laps

2

Felix Rosenqvist GR Asia with Mücke-Mercedes

+2.411s

3 Raffaele Marciello Prema Powerteam-Mercedes +3.461s

4

António Félix da Costa Carlin-Volkswagen

+4.089s

5

Pipo Derani Fortec-Mercedes

+7.620s






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