At his firth attempt, Felix Rosenqvist finally took victory at the Macau Grand Prix as he led Lucas Auer to a Mücke Motorsport one-two finish in a dramatic final race red-flagged after a multi-car crash on the opening lap.
Starting from pole position, the Swede fell to forth in the opening moments of the race, dropping behind Auer, Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist on the long run down to Lisboa.
Austrian driver Auer dropped back to fourth after braking too late into the corner, while Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Blomqvist turned in on Ocon, which had ramifications at the following corner when running side by side, SJM Theodore Racing by Prema driver Ocon was unable to turn with his steering broken, and he took himself and the Briton into the wall at San Francisco Bend.
A chain reaction behind them saw Yu Kanamaru of Carlin being launched over his team-mate Jordan King and then Blomqvist, with the Japanese drivers’ car ending on top of the wall. The race was subsequently red flagged with the track blocked, with all competitors lucky to escape unscathed.
When the race resumed behind the safety car, Rosenqvist made an excellent start, but team-mate Auer once again got into the slipstream and took the lead, only to again run wide into Lisboa, dropping back behind Rosenqvist and Nick Cassidy of ThreeBond with T-Sport.
Cassidy held onto second until a few laps before the end when Auer finally worked his way through, but the New Zealander held onto the final podium spot, ahead of Double R Racing’s Roberto Merhi and SJM Theodore Racing by Prema’s Nicholas Latifi.
Stefano Coletti could not quite keep in touch with the five drivers ahead of him but finished sixth for EuroInternational, finishing just ahead of Max Verstappen, who had an exciting race charging through the field to finish seventh for Van Amersfoort Racing having started twenty-fourth.
Santino Ferrucci was eighth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of Japanese star Kenta Yamashita of TOM’S, while Gustavo Menezes of Van Amersfoort Racing completed the top ten ahead of Motopark’s Markus Pommer and Jagonya Ayam with Carlin’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
Macau Grand Prix Race Result
|1||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||1hr08m46.691s|
|2||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+4.372s|
|3||Nick Cassidy||NZL||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+8.999s|
|4||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Double R Racing||+9.799s|
|5||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||SJM Theodore Racing by Prema||+10.413s|
|7||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+24.455s|
|8||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Fortec Motorsports||+31.081s|
|10||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+35.246s|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+37.319s|
|13||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Mücke Motorsport||+41.930s|
|15||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+44.972s|
|16||Alex Palou||ESP||Fortec Motorsports||+48.063s|
|17||Dan Wells||GBR||Toda Racing||+52.724s|
|18||Mitsunori Takaboshi||JAP||B-MAX Racing Team||+57.034s|
|19||Andy Chang||MAC||Team West-Tec F3||+1m08.334s|
|21||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+2m14.441s|
|RET||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||SJM Theodore Racing by Prema||11 Laps|
|RET||Jordan King||GBR||Carlin||3 Laps|
|RET||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||0 Laps|
|RET||Esteban Ocon||FRA||SJM Theodore Racing by Prema||0 Laps|
|RET||Martin Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||0 Laps|
|RET||Yu Kanamaru||JAP||Carlin||0 Laps|
|RET||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||0 Laps|