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Red flags interrupt second practice


Date: 18th November, 2011
Venue: Guia Circuit (China)
Weather: Dry, cloudy

Felix wound up 14th fastest in second free practice for the Macau Grand Prix, in a chaotic session which had to be stopped no less than three times following a range of incidents.

The first red flag came out when Antonio Felix da Costa crashed his Hitech Racing car into the barriers at Moorish Hill early on in the session. Once action resumed, it didn't take long until Formula 3 Euro Series champion Roberto Merhi made contact with the Armco on the exit of San Francisco Bend, ending his session early with extensive damage to his Prema Powerteam chassis and bringing running to a halt once again.

The third and final stoppage was the result of Merhi's team-mate, Daniel Juncadella, also visiting the unforgiving Macau walls, while Alexander Sims (TOM'S Toyota) and Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) also hit trouble at Melco Hairpin in the dying moments of practice.

The on-and-off nature of the session meant that several drivers found themselves affected by serious traffic, with Felix - who otherwise completed a trouble-free run following the problematic events of yesterday - one of those to be badly hit by congestion.

Signature's Marco Wittmann went fastest with a 2m13.516s lap on a circuit which remained dry throughout - providing drivers with their first taste of non-wet running this weekend. Felix's best effort was a 2m15.410s, but he posted several substantially faster individual sector times which - if put together on the same lap - would have placed him third overall.  

“I think we are there or thereabouts in the current situation - we are definitely much faster than 14th. I ran into traffic and had to back off due to yellow and red flags all through the session, but the data looks promising. We still have a few tweaks to do before we are ultra-competitive, but we are learning all the time - especially with this session marking the first dry running we've had all weekend. I really want to show what I can do in qualifying this afternoon, even though the result won't matter because of my penalty from yesterday.”

Next session: Qualifying 2 | 14.35

Results (top five)

Pos Name Laps Best Time
1 Marco Wittmann 14 2m13.516s


Roberto Merhi



3 Daniel Juncadella 12  2m14.210s


Carlos Sainz Jr.




Felipe Nasr 



14  Felix Rosenqvist  13  2m15.410s

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