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Felix splits Carlin quartet to go second in opening Macau practice

MACAU GRAND PRIX
Venue:
 Guia Circuit (China) | Date: November 15th, 2012 | Weather: Overcast

By Mattias Persson

Felix got the 2012 Macau Grand Prix off to a strong start by posting the second fastest time in the opening free practice session on Thursday morning.

Felix was one of several drivers to post their best laps towards the end of the 45-minute session, as he slotted into second to split no less than four Carlin cars inside the top five. Felix wound up 0.221s behind pace-setting Brazilian Felipe Nasr, and just ahead of Red Bull protégés António Félix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jr.

The session was surprisingly relieved of incidents, with just a single red-flag stoppage after current Japanese Formula 3 champion Ryo Hirakawa hit the wall on the exit of R Bend with ten minutes to go. Mitch Gilbert - one of Felix's Mücke Motorsport team-mates over the Macau event - was another to hit trouble, as he ran out of space at Moorish Hill and clattered the barriers. The Australian eventually wound up 24th, while the third Mücke Motorsport man - Pascal Wehrlein - was seventh.

The first of the weekend's two qualifying sessions is set to take place at 14.40 this afternoon. With rain forecast for the final qualifying session tomorrow, the times set later today might well prove decisive for the grid positions for Saturday's Qualification Race. To find out more about the Macau Grand Prix event structure, please click here.

COMMENT | FELIX
"A good and strong start to the weekend for us. The most important thing at this stage is to get back into the Macau groove without running into trouble, and I managed to do that in this session. The pace seems to be there and the car feels good - much better than it did last year. It was a relatively straightforward session which enabled us to get some valuable data. We still have a lot to improve ahead of qualifying, but I'm feeling confident and am definitely looking forward to the rest of the weekend."     



Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Felipe Nasr Carlin-Volkswagen 2m14.787s

2

Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes

+0.221s

3 António Félix da Costa Carlin-Volkswagen +0.337s

4

Carlos Sainz Jr. Carlin-Volkswagen

+0.790s

5

Will Buller Carlin-Volkswagen

+1.100s






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