Felix Rosenqvist repeats the victory at Formula 3 Macau GP
European Formula 3 Champion Felix Rosenqvist crowned an already great season with his second victory at the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, commonly known as Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. In Mercedes-powered Dallara, runned by SJM Theodore Racing and Prema Powerteam, 24-year-old Swedish driver won ahead Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Alexander Sims (Double R Racing).
With victory in the 15-lap race at famous Guia street circuit Rosenqvist repeated his last year’s success, becoming only the second back-to-back F3 Macau GP winner after Edoardo Mortara in 2009/2010.
27 drivers participated in the race. Former Macau winner Daniel Juncadella was missing from the race, following his crash in yesterday’s qualification race and damage on the car too big to be repaired.
Starting from pole position, Felix Rosenqvist took the lead as the lights went out, but a charging Charles Leclerc used the benefit of the slipstream on the long straight to Lisboa corner and overtook the Swede on the outside to take the lead. In Lap 2 Rosenqvist claimed back the lead by overtaking Leclerc from the slipstream, but under braking for Lisboa, Leclerc restored the order again in exactly the same way as one lap earlier. Then, the red flags flew following a three-car crash involving Gustavo Menezes (Carlin), Mitsunori Takaboshi (B-Max Racing Team) and Ryan Tveter (Team West-Tec F3).
After the restart Rosenqvist and MacLeod (Team West-Tec F3) overtook Leclerc for first and second place. Leclerc took place second place in Lap 7 and soon after that MacLeod touched the barrier. He had to pit and lost third place. In the final laps the Macau race lap record, established by Felix Rosenqvist in yesterday’s qualification race, was beaten several times, also by Rosenqvist himself, but eventually, Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara (Motopark) emerged as the new race lap record holder with his lap time of 2:10.186 minutes.
Here’s the complete results.