Felix da Costa secures second Macau Grand Prix Triumph


Antonio Felix da Costa - Credit: ID

Antonio Felix da Costa came from behind for the second day running to take his second Macau Grand Prix victory to add to his triumph from 2012.

The Carlin driver had started from pole position but lost the lead at the start to team-mate Sergio Sette Câmara, however the Portuguese driver was not to be denied, passing the Brazilian on lap seven to hit the front, a position he would hold until the chequered flag.

It looked as though Sette Câmara was the man to beat early in the race after slipstreaming Callum Ilott on the opening lap to take the lead, and pulling a nice gap in the opening few laps before Felix da Costa hit his groove, but a safety car to recover the crashed car of Nikita Mazepin, who had crashed at Faraway, bunched the leaders once more.

Much like on the restart during the qualifying race on Saturday where Felix da Costa made the move to pass Ilott for the lead, the Portuguese driver did it again on Sunday, getting into Sette Câmara’s slipstream and passing the Red Bull-backed driver into Lisboa.

A second safety car was needed on lap ten when Nick Cassidy, who was running eleventh having started twenty-eighth following an overnight engine change, crashed at the same place as Mazepin, but Felix da Costa judged the restart superbly to deny Sette Câmara the opportunity to slipstream him and re-pass him into Lisbao.

Sette Câmara then lost second place to Felix Rosenqvist, who had made a move to fourth on the opening lap before moving ahead of Kenta Yamashita into third on lap three, with both the Swede and Japanese racers getting ahead of Ilott on the opening lap.

SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver Rosenqvist took advantage of a slight mistake by Sette Câmara to get into his slipstream on the way to Lisboa, and made the pass heading into the turn.

Rosenqvist, who was bidding for a third consecutive Macau Grand Prix triumph, was left with too much work to do to take the fight to Felix da Costa, ultimately finishing 1.603 seconds shy, with Sette Câmara holding off Yamashita and Ilott for the final spot on the podium.

Jake Hughes passed both George Russell and Daniel Juncadella to finish as the leading rookie in sixth, with the Hitech GP duo finishing seventh and eighth respectively ahead of Pedro Piquet, Alexander Sims and Lando Norris, who finished eleventh having started twenty-sixth.

Macau Grand Prix Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
129Antonio Felix da CostaPORCarlin37:57.447
21Felix RosenqvistSWESJM Theodore Racing by Prema+1.603
327Sergio Sette CamaraBRZCarlin+3.194
411Kenta YamashitaJAPThreeBond with T-Sport+3.862
520Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+4.348
628Jake HughesGBRCarlin+6.191
78George RussellGBRHitech GP+7.027
89Daniel JuncadellaESPHitech GP+7.840
922Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+9.361
1030Alexander SimsGBRDouble R Racing+11.294
1126Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+13.040
1212Wing Chung ChangMACThreeBond with T-Sport+15.101
1321Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+15.520
1419Tadasuke MakinoJAPToda Racing+17.674
1518Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+17.913
1615Sho TsuboiJAPTeam TOM's+18.530
1732Sam MacLeodGBRFortec Motorsport+19.081
1825Keyvan AndresGERMucke Motorsport+19.972
1923David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport+20.325
205Jann MardenboroughGBRB-Max Racing Team+22.895
2117Arjun MainiINDMotopark+48.349
226Daiki SasakiJAPB-Max Racing Team+2 Laps
N/C16Joel ErikssonSWEMotoparkNot Classified
RET3Nick CassidyNZLSJM Theodore Racing by PremaRetired
RET31Daniel TicktumGBRDouble R RacingRetired
RET33Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec MotorsportRetired
RET2Maximilian GuntherGERSJM Theodore Racing by PremaRetired
RET10Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GPRetired
DNS7Hongli YeCHNB-Max Racing TeamDid Not Start