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Alex Lynn

ALEX LYNN TAKES VICTORY IN MACAU—

British driver Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) won in the prestigious Macau GP and celebrated the most important success of his career to date in the former Portuguese colony. At the 6.12 kilometres long Circuito da Guia, the third-placed of this year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship finished ahead of António Félix da Costa (Carlin), last year’s winner at Macau, who came second. Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports), who also raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year, finished third. 

At the start, Alex Lynn took the lead from pole position. Still on the opening lap, Felix Rosenqvist (GR Asia with Mücke) retired following a collision. Lucas Auer (Theodore Racing with Prema), Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) and John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports) suffered from a similar fate. The incidents led to a safety car phase.

At the restart, Lynn was able to maintain his leading position, while António Félix da Costa managed to overtake Luis Felipe Derani in the battle for second. On lap seven, Raffaele Marciello (D88.com Prema Powerteam) also worked his way past Derani, but slid into the barriers following a driving error three laps later. For the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Champion, this was the end to his race. Derani found himself back in third place behind Lynn and Félix da Costa again and went on to bring this result home.

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport) finished fourth, scoring his best result at Macau to date. Jordan King (Carlin) took the chequered flag in fifth place as the best rookie at Macau. Tom Blomqvist (Fortec Motorsports, 8th place) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin, 9th place) also finished in the top ten in the Chinese gambling paradise. All four junior drivers raced in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. 

Alex Lynn (Theodore Racing by Prema) 
“I still can’t find the worlds to describe how nice it is to win here. This is a long-time dream of mine coming true. In 2012, I came third here and I definitely wanted to do better this time. I managed to do so and I am totally happy. Especially the fact that I was able to race in the colours of Theodore Racing, a team with such a long-standing history, in the 60th running of the race, is making me proud. In the first half of the race, I was able to pull a decent gap from the rest of the field, but as António came closer and closer in the final stages, I just said: stand on it…”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports)
“For me, the race was great fun, but it was also very tough. I was racing with used tyres and keeping up with the others was difficult. I am really happy with my podium finish. I definitely wanted to do better than my sixth-place finish from last year.”

Alexander Sims (ThreeBond with T-Sport)
“All in all, my race was good. In the first half, we still were having a few technical issues and I thought that we wouldn’t be able to finish the race by any means. Towards the end, I was able to attack once more and my lap times were really good. On one hand, it is really a shame that we didn’t make it onto the podium. On the other hand, I am really happy with my best Macau result to date.”

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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.

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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.” 

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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.”

 

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Macau victory for Daniel Juncadella

Today, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) celebrated the biggest victory of his motorsport career to date. At the 6.12 kilometres long Guia Circuit, the Spaniard won the 58th Macau Grand Prix, one of the world’s most prestigious Formula 3 races. After an action-packed race, Marco Wittmann (Signature) finished third behind Felipe Nasr (Carlin). Thus, a driver from the Formula 3 Euro Series wins the race in the former Portuguese colony for the third year in a row.

In the opening stages, Signature driver Marco Wittmann looked all-set for a success. Starting from pole position, he took the lead and was able to hold on to this position after the first safety car intervention that was caused by a startline collision. Euro Series’ champion Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam) had stalled at the start, Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) wasn’t able to avoid the Spaniard’s car in time and thus collided with Daniel Abt (Signature). At the second re-start following an accident by Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport), Wittmann had to let four drivers past on the run up to the Lisboa corner, including Daniel Juncadella, who moved up into the lead. In the following laps, Wittmann made it back into the top 3, but a final safety car phase with two laps remaining stopped his progress.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “Winning the Macau Grand Prix is an incredible feeling, I didn’t expect this. I have never cried as much as when this win was safe. The second safety car phase was my luck. Another important thing was to stay out of trouble in the first few laps and not to take too many risks.”

Marco Wittmann (Signature): “I am very disappointed, because I could have done better. My start was good and I was still in front after the first safety car phase. At the second restart, I didn’t have a chance to keep my position. After that, I pushed to close up again, but unfortunately, then a third safety car phase followed that blew my chances of victory.”

Kimiya Sato (Motopark): “My start was really good and I was already in the top six. On the run up to the Lisboa corner, a driver hit my car from behind as he locked up under braking. I am really angry. The speed was definitely enough for a top ten finish. Now, I am only twelfth.”

 

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Victory for Marco Wittmann in Macau qualification race

Marco Wittmann (Signature) has won the qualification race for the 58th Macau Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 15.30 h local time (8.30 h CET). At the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, the German Euro Series’ driver finished ahead of Felipe Nasr (Carlin) and Formula 3 Euro Series’ Champion Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam), who finished second and third respectively. Six drivers from the Formula 3 Euro Series scored a top ten finish.

Starting from pole position, Marco Wittmann only had to battle for his position in the first run up to the Lisboa corner. After that, he safely held on to his first place throughout the ten lap distance. The race finished under safety car conditions following an accident by Jimmy Eriksson (Motopark). Next to Wittmann and Merhi, other Formula 3 Euro Series’ drivers to score a top ten finish were Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) in sixth, Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) in seventh, Daniel Abt (Signature) in eighth and Kimiya Sato (Motopark), who ended up ninth.

Marco Wittmann (Signature): “My start was really good, but I was also lucky that António Félix da Costa stalled next to me. On the opening lap, Felipe Nasr had almost overtaken me before the Lisboa corner, but I had the better line. After that, I only tried to pull a gap on Felipe. Having won the qualification race is good, but the important race only follows tomorrow.”

Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam): “I had a good start and I was able to make up positions on the first few laps. After two laps, I had also overtaken Valtteri Bottas after he had a slight mistake. The remaining races were trouble-free and third place on the grid for the Grand Prix is a really good place to start from.”

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “That was a really good race. My start was excellent and I was already sixth after the opening lap. After that, I didn’t want to take too many risks anymore. Once, Carlos Huertas made a slight mistake under braking for the Lisboa corner in front of me. However, I didn’t want to take the risk of attacking him and jeopardizing my own good position.”