Rosenqvist beats Auer to Macau qualification race victory

by Paul Hensby

Felix Rosenqvist took advantage of a safety car period to snatch victory in the qualification race at Macau away from his Mücke Motorsport team-mate Lucas Auer.

Pole sitter Rosenqvist dropped to third on the opening lap of the race due to the slipstreaming nature of the first part of the Macau circuit, the Swede was firstly able to move back into second place when Max Verstappen crashed out, and then slipstreamed himself back into the lead with three laps to go.

Verstappen had made a good start to move from fifth on the grid into second for Van Amersfoort Racing, but a mistake at the Solitude Esses on the fourth lap saw him damage his suspension, and although he was able to return to the pits, his race was over.

Just after Verstappen’s crash, the safety car was deployed after TOM’S driver Sam MacLeod crashed at Paiol, and with no cranes in the vicinity to remove the Briton’s car, Auer saw his comfortable lead taken away from him, and on the restart he was immediately under attack from Rosenqvist, and had to concede the victory to this team-mate.

Tom Blomqvist finished on the podium for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, holding off the challenge of European Formula 3 Champion Esteban Ocon of the SJM Theodore Racing by Prema team, while Nick Cassidy was an excellent fifth for ThreeBond with T-Sport.

Cassidy had overtaken Double R Racing’s Roberto Merhi after the restart, with the Spaniard being forced to settle for sixth, although he should be happy with that result after starting tenth, moving up four places on the opening lap.

Nicholas Latifi of SJM Theodore Racing by Prema got the best of Carlin’s Jordan King after a race-long battle, while Felix Serralles of Team West-Tec F3 and Stefano Coletti of EuroInternational completed the top ten.

Antonio Giovinazzi was an early casualty, with the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin crashing out on the opening lap after brushing the wall at Mandarin Oriental and collecting both his team-mate Sean Galael and Fortec Motorsports driver Alex Palou, with all three drivers being eliminated from proceedings.

Macau Qualifying Race Result

1 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport 27m11.512s
2 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport +0.935s
3 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +2.494s
4 Esteban Ocon FRA SJM Theodore Racing by Prema +3.657s
5 Nick Cassidy NZL ThreeBond with T-Sport +4.544s
6 Roberto Merhi ESP Double R Racing +6.650s
7 Nicholas Latifi CAN SJM Theodore Racing by Prema +7.429s
8 Jordan King GBR Carlin +7.857s
9 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +8.419s
10 Stefano Coletti MON EuroInternational +9.391s
11 Antonio Fuoco ITA SJM Theodore Racing by Prema +10.706s
12 Santino Ferrucci USA Fortec Motorsports +11.730s
13 Yu Kanamaru JAP Carlin +12.437s
14 Kenta Yamashita JAP TOM’S +14.010s
15 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing +15.027s
16 Tatiana Calderon COL Mücke Motorsport +16.114s
17 Martin Cao CHN Fortec Motorsports +17.198s
18 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport +18.721s
19 Markus Pommer GER Motopark +19.683s
20 Mitsunori Takaboshi JAP B-Max Racing Team +21.925s
21 Andy Chang MAC Team West-Tec F3 +25.016s
22 Dan Wells GBR Toda Racing +25.267s
N/C William Buller GBR Signature +2 Laps
RET Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing
RET Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin
RET Alex Palou ESP Fortec Motorsports
RET Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin


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