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Felix thrown into Macau Grand Prix retirement

Macau Grand Prix
Guia Circuit (China) | Date: 17 November 2013 | Weather: Sunny

By Mattias Persson

Felix was forced to retire from the 2013 Macau Grand Prix while battling for the lead on the opening lap.

Felix got away well off the line from second on the grid, and immediately slotted into the slipstream of pole-sitter and eventual race winner Alex Lynn. As the field approached the ultra-fast Mandarin kink, however, Felix became the innocent victim of a clash between Raffaele Marciello and Alexander Sims, which sent the Italian into the side of Felix - who could do nothing but park his Mücke Motorsport machine with suspension damage.

Lynn went on to win ahead of António Félix da Costa, with Pipo Derani finishing third. Marciello and Sims both carried on following their lap one incident, although Marciello later crashed out by clattering the barriers at R Bend.

Felix will now fly straight from Macau to Spain, where he will take part in next week's official World Series by Renault test at Motorland Aragón as he seeks to overcome today's disappointment.

"An incredibly sad ending to this weekend. I'm obviously massively disappointed right now, but fact is that there was nothing I could have done. I was involved in the battle for the lead when I suddenly got hit from beside - I think Alexander (Sims) and Raffaele (Marciello) collided, and Raffaele then slid into me. It was a classic Macau thing, and this time around, I was the one to suffer. I came here to win and had the pace to do so, and that's why this outcome feels even worse - it was a genuine lost opportunity. Still, there is nothing we can do but to move on.

"Overall, this season has been great, and one that I'll never forget. I really want to take this opportunity to thank all the guys at Mücke Motorsport for a couple of fantastic years together. I currently don't know what next year will bring, but we're working hard to get something good together and I'm already looking forward to the World Series by Renault test next week. It will help me to take my mind off this weekend - or at least this very day."

Results (top five)

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Pos Name Team Time
1 Alex Lynn Prema Powerteam-Mercedes 15 laps


António Félix da Costa Carlin-Volkswagen


3 Pipo Derani Fortec-Mercedes +6.795s


Alexander Sims ThreeBond with T-Sport-Nissan



Jordan King Carlin-Volkswagen



Felix Rosenqvist GR Asia with Mücke-Mercedes

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