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Last-gasp red flag denies Felix of likely Qualification Race pole

Guia Circuit (China) | Date: November 16th, 2012 | Weather: Overcast

By Mattias Persson

Felix was denied what looked set to be an almost certain pole position for the Macau Grand Prix Qualification Race in the concluding qualifying session on Friday afternoon, after encountering red flags at the very final corner while on a lap that had seen him comfortably out-pace his rivals through the second sector. 

The session featured the trademark Macau elements, such as heavy traffic and no less than three red flag stoppages. The first was caused by Felix Serralles crashing at Faraway Hill, and the second by Lucas Auer going off at R Bend.

As the drivers returned to the track once Auer’s stricken car had been removed, Felix immediately got his head down to post the fastest time of the session in the technical middle sector, and was around half a second up on eventual pole position man Alex Lynn when Felipe Nasr crashed his Carlin machine – again at R Bend – to trigger the final stoppage. Felix had no choice but to abandon his lap and return to the pits, where it was declared that the session would not restart.

Only a handful of drivers found track space and time to improve on their best efforts from yesterday, with Lynn and Daniel Juncadella two of them to leap ahead of Felix on the combined list that makes up the grid for the Qualification Race. As a result, Felix will start from fourth on the grid tomorrow, with Lynn, António Félix da Costa and Juncadella ahead of him.

"I had some very, very bad luck with the timing of the final red flag in this session, and I'm confident that the lap I had up until then would have been good enough for pole. However, fourth is probably just as good a place to start from here at Macau where you can use a good slipstream down the straight, so I'm very happy with where we are on the grid. It would have been a cool thing to grab pole, but it doesn't really matter for the end result on Sunday. My main focus right now is to get through the Qualification Race in one piece tomorrow, and preferably inside the top five."

Results (top five)
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Alex Lynn Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes 2m13.122s


Daniel Juncadella Prema Powerteam-Mercedes


3 Felipe Nasr Carlin-Volkswagen +0.434s


Harry Tincknell Fortec Motorsport-Mercedes



Felix Rosenqvist Mücke Motorsport-Mercedes


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