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Macau Grand Prix

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 4, Brands Hatch (GB)

ALEX LYNN ON POLE THE MACAU GRAND PRIX—

Alex Lynn will start the 2013 running of the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix from pole position after comfortably winning Saturday’s 10-lap Qualification Race.

The Briton started the race from third on the grid, but wasted no time hitting the front, barging into the lead on the way to Lisboa on the first lap. But his time at the front was initially short-lived, the Theodore Racing by Prema driver running wide at Lisboa, surrendering the lead to Felix Rosenqvist. 

The lead changed hands again following an early safety car period – which was caused when Harry Tincknell collected a stalled Tom Blomqvist at the start – with Lynn slip-streaming past Rosenqvist’s GR Asia with Mücke entry on the way down to Lisboa, this time making the move stick.

Once in front, Lynn put the hammer down, a series of quick laps leaving him a comfortable winner, 2.411s clear of Rosenqvist at the finish. 

“I think the main positive is that the car felt really nice,” Lynn said. “I made a pretty good start, my restart was good, and in terms of the qualification race it’s good. The Grand Prix is another thing.” 

Raffaele Marciello, who started the Qualification Race from pole position, was left to rue a poor start, which left him buried in the field. But the Prema Powerteam driver systematically worked his way through the field, finishing the race in touch with Rosenqvist. He will be joined on the second row by Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth ahead of Pipo Derani (Fortec Motorsport) and Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport). 

Lynn’s team-mate Lucas Auer was the unluckiest of the front-runners, hitting the barrier hard at San Francisco Bend right after the re-start, retiring from the race immediately.

Macau Grand Prix

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 9, race 3, Vallelunga (I)

RAFFAELE MARCIELLO TAKES POLE POSITION IN MACAU—

Raffaele: “I still gave myself a safety margin as the one thing I didn’t want to do was to hit the guardrail. My team and I did a great job and being familiar with this circuit I know overall where the limits are. I put in a good lap. I took advantage of slipstreaming at the right time. Even so it’s not going to be an easy race as in addition to the usual Macau traps, the long straight isn’t favourable to the pole sitter especially at the start. You have to have a good race on Saturday, but it’s on Sunday that it’s really important to finish first. Before, it doesn’t really mean much.” 

F3 European Championship

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 10, race 3, Hockenheim (D)

EUROPEAN CHAMPION MARCIELLO CLAIMS FINAL WINNER’S TROPHY IN 2013—

Newly-crowned FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) was victorious at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg in pouring rain. The Italian won the 30th and final race of the season in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who finished second. Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) claimed the final podium slot of the season.

Due to the heavy rain and the very wet track, the field started the final race of the season behind the safety car. As the green flags were waved after three laps, Raffaele Marciello remained in the lead. Felix Rosenqvist and Harry Tincknell (Carlin) followed until the safety car was deployed again after a collision between Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) on lap six. The second restart didn’t cause any problems for Marciello either and the Italian remained in the lead until the chequered flag was out. Felix Rosenqvist, who concluded the season as runner-up in the drivers’ standings, crossed the finish line in second place.

Harry Tincknell was one of many young drivers who slid off the wet track into the gravel trap. His direct rival Lucas Auer inherited third place. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) also benefited from Tincknell’s excursion and came home fourth ahead of the Brit. Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) finished sixth in the final round of his debut season in Formula 3 from Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Jordan King (Carlin) and Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) 
“Conditions were really difficult. Partly, we couldn’t even drive flat out on straights. We had to be really careful not to make a mistake. However, I was confident about my car and myself. I really wanted to win this race after having sealed the championship title by finishing fourth yesterday. Concluding the season with the title and victory in the final race is nearly perfect.” 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“It wasn’t easy. When I was behind Raffaele, I could hardly see anything due to the spray. Halfway through the race, rain increased and I already thought that the race would perhaps be stopped. Generally, I had a nice battle with Raffaele. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to score a triple, but I am happy with my weekend.”

Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam)
“I had a nice battle with Harry Tincknell during which I tried to put him under pressure. Then, he made a mistake as he slid into the gravel trap going into the Motodrom, after which I got second place. I am happy to have concluded my maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship season with a podium finish.”