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Problematic Qualification Race leaves Felix 11th on the grid for finale

MACAU GRAND PRIX 2010

Felix finished in 11th place in a hectic Qualification Race ahead of tomorrow's Macau Grand Prix finale. Felix made a good start from seventh on the grid, but soon had to focus on bringing a damaged Performance Racing car home after making contact with the wall at the quick Solitude Esses halfway around the first lap.

Renger van der Zande passed Felix at the start, and while Alexander Sims and James Calado crashed in spectacular fashion on the exit of Mandarin Bend further down the field, Felix entered the Lisboa corner at the end of the critical first straight in eighth place.

The clash with the barriers further around the lap resulted in the left-hand side of Felix's car becoming damaged, and the subsequent outcome was inevitable; heavily reduced pace for the rest of the race. Felix was overtaken by Carlin duo Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Félix da Costa, and lost further ground to Carlos Huertas and Daniel Juncadella when he accidentally engaged the pitlane speed limiter on a number of occasions through the tight Melco hairpin. Performance Racing is currently looking into the possibility of changing the position of the ill-placed pitlane limiter in order to avoid a repeat of the issues tomorrow.

As if the event hadn't already been problematic enough, Felix was slowed further when he flat-spotted his tyres in a battle with Juncadella at the end of the race. Despite the added complications of the resulting vibrations, however, Felix still managed to take the chequered flag in 11th place - which is also the position from where he will start in tomorrow's finale.

Last year's Macau Grand Prix winner, Edoardo Mortara, claimed Qualification Race honours by winning by 2.3 seconds from team-mate Laurens Vanthoor. 2010 marks Mortara's fourth start in the classic F3 event.

FELIX'S COMMENT
“I didn't have the easiest of races, with a lot of things going on throughout every single lap. I made an OK start and was able to defend myself pretty well going into Lisboa, but my chances of climbing up the order disappeared as soon as I touched the wall on the first lap. Instead, I had to focus on damage limitation and losing as few positions as possible, and 11th really isn't a bad place to start from in the main race. It could definitely be much worse. We do have a few things to go through this evening - not least to try and solve the issue with that ill-placed pitlane speed limiter button - but hopefully, I will be able to enjoy a calmer race tomorrow.”   

Next session: Macau Grand Prix - Race | Tomorrow at 15.30


Results (top five)

Pos Name Laps Time
1 Edoardo Mortara  10  22m14.842s

2

Laurens Vanthoor

10

+2.342s

 3  Daniel Abt  10  +9.414s

4

Valtteri Bottas

10

+9.647s

5

Marco Wittmann 

10

+18.766s

 11  Felix Rosenqvist  10  +31.265s

 
 
 

 
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