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Felix to start Qualification Race from seventh on Macau debut 

MACAU GRAND PRIX 2010

Felix managed to break into the top ten in the rescheduled second qualifying session on Saturday morning, and will start from seventh on the grid in this afternoon's Qualification Race for his first-ever Macau Grand Prix.

Qualifying had to be stopped twice due to incidents involving Adderly Fong, Antonio Félix da Costa and Yuji Kunimoto to name a few, and the Guia circuit was overflowing with cars as the drivers went out for an all-important attempt to better their times at the end of the 30-minute session.

Felix was held up in the hectic traffic while on his way to a late improvement on his final lap, and had to see fellow ATS Formula 3 Cup graduate Daniel Abt - who managed to squeeze in an extra lap - edge ahead in the very dying moments of the session. Felix eventually ended up having posted the eighth-fastest time (2m12.664s), but will gain one position on the grid for the Qualification Race after Carlos Huertas - who qualified one tenth ahead of Felix - was handed a five-place grid penalty by the Stewards after ignoring yellow flags on Thursday.

Felix's performance saw him qualify ahead of British Formula 3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne, F3 Euro Series race winner Antonio Félix da Costa and GP3 front-runner Rio Haryanto - all three of whom enjoyed their first taste of Formula 1 testing in Abu Dhabi earlier this week.  

Edoardo Mortara will start from Pole Position this afternoon after completing the 6.2 km lap on the streets of Macau in 2m11.165s, beating fellow pre-race favourite Valtteri Bottas by 0.218s.

The up-coming Qualification Race will be run over 10 laps, and decide the starting grid for Sunday's Macau Grand Prix finale. Consequently, the winner of the Qualification Race will start from Pole tomorrow.

FELIX'S COMMENT
“To be entirely honest, I didn't expect to qualify in seventh place on my Macau Grand Prix debut. It's a very, very nice bonus for me and the team, and I have constantly been able to close the gap to the experienced drivers step-by-step this weekend. As a matter of fact, I think we could even have ended up on the front two rows if I hadn't run into traffic at the end of the session; I was on course for an improvement on my final lap, but there was just a huge jam at the Melco hairpin and I had to back off. I also set my best time without a tow down the straight, which gives me confidence that we could actually get even closer to the front in the Qualification Race this afternoon.”   

Next session: Qualification Race | 13.25


Results (top five)

Pos Name Laps Best Time
1 Edoardo Mortara  12  2m11.165s

2

Valtteri Bottas

10

2m11.383s

 3  Laurens Vanthoor  12  2m11.594s

4

Daniel Abt

13

2m11.919s

5

Marco Wittmann 

12

2m11.937s

 8  Felix Rosenqvist  12  2m12.664s

 
 
 

 
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