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Felix Rosenqvist wins interrupted Macau Grand Prix

by Peter Allen
Felix Rosenqvist

Photo: CGPM

Felix Rosenqvist has claimed victory in the Macau Grand Prix at the fifth attempt, in a race that was suspended after a big first-lap crash.

Pole-sitter Rosenqvist didn’t get the best of starts, and it was his Mucke Motorsport team-mate?Lucas Auer who led into turn one, followed by Tom Blomqvist.

At Lisboa, Auer was under attack over either shoulder ? Blomqvist on his outside and Esteban Ocon on the inside. Auer outbraked himself, and Blomqvist needed to take avoidance when he turned in to the corner. In doing so, he cut across the front of Ocon and the pair interlocked wheels.

Ocon seemingly suffered suspension damage, and at San Francisco he went straight on, taking Blomqvist with him. Some of the drivers immediately behind – such as Rosenqvist, Auer and Nick Cassidy – got through but the track became blocked and Yu Kanamaru was vaulted up above the cars of Ocon and Blomqvist and landed on top of the tyre barrier.

After a lengthy red flag delay, 23 cars were able to take the restart, even though some had required some serious work by their mechanics.

Rosenqvist again led Auer, and the Austrian got the slipstream to nose ahead into Lisboa, only to run deep once again and fall to third behind Rosenqvist and Cassidy.

Rosenqvist set consecutive fastest laps up front to open up a lead of over four seconds on his way to the chequered flag.

Cassidy twice built a gap over Auer during the race but eventually succumbed to the Austrian, but still claimed a podium on an impressive Macau debut, in only his third weekend in F3 in 2014 with the T-Sport team.

Roberto Merhi held off Nicholas Latifi for fourth place, with GP2 veteran Stefano Coletti surviving a clash with the barrier at Mandarin on the very first lap to finish sixth.

After his qualification race crash, Max Verstappen came through from towards the rear of the field at the restart to finish seventh in his final race before his Formula 1 debut in Melbourne next March, setting the fastest lap in the process.

16-year-old Santino Ferrucci finished eighth on his debut ahead of Japanese driver Kenta Yamashita, who brought a positive end to a difficult weekend for the TOM’S-Toyota team. Gustavo Menezes completed the top ten.

Spike Goddard and Martin Cao joined Ocon, Blomqvist and Kanamaru in failing to take the restart. Jordan King and Antonio Fuoco both needed significant work on the grid, and although they did get to restart, they later retired.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Felix?Rosenqvist Kashbet.com by Mucke M.sport 15 laps in 1:08:46.691
2 Lucas?Auer Kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport +4.372
3 Nick?Cassidy Three Bond with T-Sport +8.999
4 Roberto?Merhi W66.com Double R Racing +9.799
5 Nicholas?Latifi SJM Theodore Racing by Prema +10.413
6 Stefano?Coletti EuroInternational +24.000
7 Max?Verstappen Van Amersfoort Racing +24.455
8 Santino?Ferrucci Fortec Motorsports +31.081
9 Kenta?Yamashita Toms +34.334
10 Gustavo?Menezes Van Amersfoort Racing +35.246
11 Markus?Pommer Motopark +36.576
12 Antonio?Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +37.319
13 Tatiana?Calderon JZR/ Mucke Motorsport +41.930
14 Will?Buller Signature +43.986
15 Sean?Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +44.972
16 Alex?Palou Fortec Motorsports +48.063
17 Dan?Wells Toda Racing +52.724
18 Mitsunori?Takaboshi B-Max Racing Team +57.034
19 Andy?Chang Team West-Tec F3 +1:08.334
20 Sam?MacLeod Toms +1:49.990
21 Felix?Serralles Team West-Tec F3 +2:14.441
Not classified
Antonio?Fuoco SJM Theodore Racing by Prema +4 laps
Jordan?King GR Asia with Carlin +12 laps
Tom?Blomqvist Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +15 laps
Esteban?Ocon SJM Theodore Racing by Prema +15 laps
Martin?Cao Fortec Motorsports +15 laps
Yu?Kanamaru Carlin +15 laps
Spike?Goddard Three Bond with T-Sport +15 laps