INFINITI RED BULL RACING CONFIRMS 2014 TEST DRIVER LINE-UP—
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|FÉLIX DA COSTA WINS AT MACAU, ROSENQVIST COMES SECOND|
Portuguese António Félix da Costa, who raced in the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series, celebrated the biggest success of his career to date in Sunday’s Macau Grand Prix. At the end of the race at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, he had an advantage of 1.573 seconds from Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), the best-placed Formula 3 Euro Series driver. By finishing fourth behind Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport), rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) rounded out the success of Formula 3 Euro Series team Mücke Motorsport.
Felix Rosenqvist took the lead at the start, but wasn’t able to hold on to it for a long time. On the way towards the Lisboa corner, António Félix da Costa and Alex Lynn overtook the Swede, who still managed to finish second. With Carlos Sainz (Carlin) in seventh place, Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) in eighth and William Buller (Carlin) in tenth position, three further Formula 3 Euro Series drivers scored top ten results in the world’s most important Formula 3 race. The race was unusually calm: there was only one safety car intervention following a collision from Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport).
António Félix da Costa (Carlin): “Winning here is incredible. I was at the limit all the time, I drove 15 laps almost without any mistakes and now, I am incredibly happy. The final two laps were particularly emotional. This victory is the biggest in my career to date.”
Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “It was a close race. At the start, I was briefly in the lead, but I wasn’t able to keep this position. Actually, I wanted to win here and I came close, too. Perhaps, I can also be happy with second place in a couple of hours.”
Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “Fourth place is not too bad for a rookie. Throughout the weekend, I have been able to improve my performance. Halfway through the race, I had problems with the handling of my car and I decided to back off a little, because I had probably worn out the tyres too much in the early stages. Towards the end, it got better again.”
FELIX DA COSTA TO START FROM POLE IN 59TH MACAU GRAND PRIX
With victory in the qualification race, António Félix da Costa (Carlin) secured pole position for Sunday’s 59th Macau Grand Prix. Felix Rosenqvist, who ended up fourth in this year’s Formula 3 Euro Series, continued his strong performance of the weekend: after ten laps at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia Circuit, the Swede crossed the finish line in second place. Behind Alex Lynn (Fortec Motorsport), the two Euro Series drivers Carlos Sainz (Carlin) and Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) finished fourth and fifth in the race that decides on the starting grid positions for the Grand Prix.
From fourth place on the grid, Felix Rosenqvist moved up to take the lead right after the start, but former Euro Series driver António Félix da Costa soon demoted him to second. There was a hot battle for fourth place, which Carlos Sainz had to defend from no less than three opponents: last year’s Macau winner Daniel Juncadella, Harry Tincknell (Fortec Motorsport) and the 2012 Euro Series rookie Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport). The son of world rally champion Carlos Sainz mastered this task in a convincing manner and will be starting from fourth place on the grid into Sunday’s Grand Prix.
António Félix da Costa (Carlin): “Today, it was just about obtaining a ghood grid position, which I did with first place. Of course, I am happy with that. However, the action only really starts in earnest tomorrow, because today’s race was just a qualification race.”
Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport): “My start was really good and I was able to take the lead for a brief while. On the way to Lisboa, António overtook me from the slipstream. After that, I didn’t want to take any risk, because everything is still possible from second place on the grid tomorrow as well.”
Carlos Sainz (Carlin): “In this race, I particularly lost a few tenths of a second in the second sector. Compared to the previous days, my car was a little bit more difficult to drive as well. However, we know what the problem is and we will solve it for tomorrow. The battle with Daniel Juncadella was entertaining and fair. He was a little bit faster, but I was able to defend my position.”
“Next up for me is FP1 in Brazil, another track that’ll be new for me but with the time I’ve had on track here, and in the other FP1s I’ve done this year, I think that’ll be a good session for me. I’m not doing FP1 in Austin as the team needs maximum time on track for the race drivers, but I’ll be going to the race as Reserve Driver and I’m really looking forward to getting out there – it’s going to be a great week for sure.”
Nicolas Prost: Today was my first real experience of a Formula 1 car. I had driven the R30 before, however it’s now two years old and uses different tyres so it’s quite different to my experience today. I’m obviously very happy and I’m impressed by the car; it’s a massive step up even from the R30.
For me it was like a real test driver’s day and we trialled a lot of parts. We only worked on the hard tyres, so were obviously not looking for pace, but we have been analysing the data and I have been comparing myself with Kimi and Romain’s telemetry. Obviously I’m missing a bit in some corners, but others are quite good. For my first day I think it’s very positive and I did the job the team asked of me, so it’s been a very good day.
Giedo van der Garde: “I’m pleased with how today went. We were mainly working on aero performance, running sensors and different mechanical configurations on the car in the morning and afternoon sessions and to get the most out of them I had to drive consistently, carefully and not go for outright speed.
“I think the team’s happy with what I’ve done today and physically I feel great after running a good number of laps. After my FP1 session here in Abu Dhabi was cut short it was good to get some really decent time on track and the key thing for me is to keep developing my relationship with the team. There’s still a few tweaks we could make to the setup to suit my driving style a bit more but we have tomorrow to work on a few more setup options, as well as continuing to test parts and aero programs.”
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m42.651s 40 2. Antonio Felix da Costa Red Bull-Renault 1m42.717s + 0.066s 79 3. Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes 1m43.407s + 0.756s 44 4. Robin Frijns Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.775s + 1.124s 78 5. Nicolas Prost Lotus-Renault 1m44.194s + 1.543s 55 6. Luiz Razia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.691s + 2.040s 67 7. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m45.936s + 3.285s 57