Macau GP: Antonio Felix da Costa wins race for Carlin
|By Marcus Simmons||Sunday, November 18th 2012, 09:19 GMT|
Antonio Felix da Costa continued his incredible late-season run of form by winning the Macau Grand Prix.
The Portuguese, a winner in GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 and who tested a Red Bull Formula 1 car recently, has now added victory in the world's most prestigious Formula 3 race.
Da Costa slipstreamed back ahead of the fast-starting Felix Rosenqvist on the run to the Lisboa bend on the opening lap, and then led the way for the remainder of the 15.
Coupled with his qualification race victory, da Costa was in front for all 25 racing laps of the Macau weekend.
Rosenqvist also lost out to Alex Lynn on the run to Lisboa, but the Swede immediately repassed the Briton.
He chased da Costa's Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen and made attempts to pass into Lisboa over the next couple of laps, but then the safety car emerged after Lucas Wolf crashed at Maternity Bend.
Rosenqvist's Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes was close in da Costa's slipstream at the restart, but the leader pulled an advantage of just enough over the mountain section to prevent Rosenqvist getting close enough to find a tow.
Instead, Lynn's Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes began to close on Rosenqvist, but similarly he was unable to get near enough to make a move.
"These guys gave me an unbelievable race," said da Costa.
"Every lap was on the limit. I'm speechless, but at the same time there is so much to say. There are so many good names on this list of winners and now I'm there too."
German Pascal Wehrlein completed a good day for the Mucke team, pressuring Lynn in the early stages before dropping back slightly in fourth, while Felipe Nasr gradually fell away to take fifth in his Carlin machine.
Last year's winner Daniel Juncadella was up to fourth on the opening lap, but the Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes touched the barrier at R Bend and the Spaniard toured around to retire in the pits.
It was a bad day for Prema as Hannes van Asseldonk, sixth on lap one, went out on the second lap.
Carlos Sainz Jr bogged down badly from his second-row start and dropped into the midfield, but he climbed up the order and was right in the wheeltracks of Pipo Derani, who made great progress to make it two Fortec cars in the top six.
Derani had battled ahead of team-mate Harry Tincknell and the Prema car of Raffaele Marciello. Tincknell fell back to the tail of this group on the final lap, with Will Buller completing the top 10.
British F3 champion Jack Harvey ran just outside the top 10 before retiring, while Alexander Sims stalled at the start and raced to 15th.
There was a big accident on the 13th lap when Ryo Hirakawa crashed at R Bend and bounced into the path of Lucas Auer. The race continued with yellow flags at the final corner for the final two laps.
There was another big shunt on the final lap, when Dennis van de Laar and Luis Sa Silva collided on the run to Lisboa.
Race result: 15 laps Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin Dallara-VW 38m02.845s 2. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes + 1.573s 3. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Mercedes + 2.468s 4. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Mercedes + 3.471s 5. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW + 9.127s 6. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Mercedes + 11.043s 7. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW + 11.417s 8. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Mercedes + 14.376s 9. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Mercedes + 16.944s 10. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 21.650s 11. Jimmy Eriksson Double R Dallara-Mercedes + 22.955s 12. Daniel Abt Carlin Dallara-VW + 24.025s 13. Kevin Korjus Double R Dallara-Mercedes + 24.632s 14. Hideki Yamauchi B-Max Dallara-Toyota + 26.502s 15. Alexander Sims T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 26.757s 16. Jazeman Jaafar TOM'S Dallara-Toyota + 27.834s 17. Tom Blomqvist Euro International Dallara-VW + 28.565s 18. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Mercedes + 31.899s 19. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Mercedes + 32.744s 20. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Mercedes + 33.276s 21. Yuichi Nakayama TOM'S Dallara-Toyota + 47.525s 22. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Mercedes + 59.222s 23. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Mercedes + 1 lap 25. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW + 1 lap Retirements: Ryo Hirakawa RSS Dallara-Toyota 12 laps Lucas Auer Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 12 laps Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW 12 laps Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Mercedes 2 laps Hannes van Asseldonk Prema Dallara-Mercedes 2 laps Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Mercedes 0 laps