MACAU (CHN), 2010-11-21
Strong Macau Grand Prix debut for Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist, 19, completed his first-ever Macau Grand Prix - the world’s most prestigious Formula 3 race - without trouble when he finished in ninth place in the 2010 edition of the famous Chinese event this weekend. The Swede surprised the establishment by qualifying in seventh place, beaten only by the cars of pre-race favourites Signature and Prema Powerteam, and went on to finish 11th in the Qualification Race - which set the grid up ahead of Sunday’s finale - after nursing his Performance Racing car home following an impact with the wall on the fast and unforgiving Guia street circuit. Rosenqvist fought his way back up into the top ten in the main race, though, overtaking Brazilian Felipe Nasr and Colombia’s Carlos Huertas on his way to ninth on his debut at the prestigious event outside of Hong Kong.
”Macau really is something extraordinary - I’ve heard people say it before, but now, I can really understand what they mean,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”This, of course, was a very good weekend for me, and I’m happy to have finished both the Qualification Race and Sunday’s finale in a decent manner - even though I hit the barriers quite hard yesterday. I came here to learn as much as possible for the future, and I sincerely think that my debut at the Macau Grand Prix has been one of the very best experiences of my career so far - probably the best. I’m quite sure there weren’t many who thought we would break into the top ten, so I’d like to say a big thank you to Performance Racing and everyone else who made this chance come about; I definitely want to come back here for more, and I know that I’ve become a much-improved driver over the course of this event.”
Felix Rosenqvist has spent the 2010 season debuting in Formula 3, scoring two race victories, one Pole Position and eight podiums in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup championship. Rosenqvist was invited to the annual world finale in Macau as a result of his achievements behind the wheel of his Performance Racing Dallara-Volkswagen throughout his maiden F3 campaign.
German Formula 3: www.formel3.de
Performance Racing: www.performance-racing.se
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