Daniel Juncadella wins spectacular Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix
|By Jonathan Noble
||Sunday, November 20th 2011, 08:31 GMT
Daniel Juncadella won a thrilling Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after making the most of a safety car restart to haul himself to the head of the field.
Juncadella had been running fourth for Prema early on as pole position man Marco Wittmann (Signature) raced away at the front - opening up a 2.7 seconds gap at one point.
But after a safety car came out on lap seven so marshals could retrieve Felix Rosenqvist's Mucke following a crash at Faraway, Wittmann saw his advantage wiped away - and it all went wrong for him at the restart.
Wittmann, Juncadella, Felipe Nasr (Carlin) and Yuhi Sekiguchi (Mucke) all got involved in an epic slipstreaming battle down to Lisboa - with Juncadella coming out on top.
Juncadella then pulled clear at the front, despite Nasr closing on him after he had moved up to second on lap 11 - and his win was assured when the safety car was called out again on the penultimate lap following a big crash on the main straight in which Kevin Magnussen was launched over Will Buller's car, with Carlos Sainz Jr and Hywel Lloyd also involved. Lloyd was taken to the medical centre by ambulance for checks, while Magnussen escaped with only a minor injury to his left knee.
Wittmann, who had briefly dropped down to fifth at the restart, recovered to finish third, ahead of Sekiguchi and Hitech's Hannes van Asseldonk.
The race was full of incident - with Prema's Roberto Merhi triggering a startline accident when he got away slowly from his third spot on the grid, having been caught out by how briefly the lights were on. He was hit from behind by Van Amersfoort's Richie Stanaway, breaking Merhi's suspension, with Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) also caught up in the mess.
Valtteri Bottas (Double R) had threatened Wittmann for the lead early on, but he hit the wall at Lisboa on lap four following a safety car restart and was forced to retire.
Results - 15 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc 42m17.099s
2. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW + 0.359s
3. Marco Wittmann Signature Dallara-VW + 0.662s
4. Yuhi Sekiguchi Mucke Dallara-Merc + 1.378s
5. Hannes van Asseldonk Hitech Dallara-VW + 2.128s
6. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 3.301s
7. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc + 3.860s
8. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 4.062s
9. Richard Bradley TOM'S Dallara-Toyota + 4.595s
10. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc + 4.819s
11. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW + 5.551s
12. Kimiya Sato Motopark Dallara-VW + 6.534s
13. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW + 8.336s
Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 13 laps
Hideki Yamauchi Toda Dallara-Honda 13 laps
Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc 13 laps
Carlos Sainz Jr Signature Dallara-VW 13 laps
Alexander Sims TOM'S Dallara-Toyota 13 laps
Marko Asmer Double R Dallara-Merc 13 laps
Antonio Felix da Costa Hitech Dallara-VW 12 laps
Carlos Munoz Signature Dallara-VW 9 laps
Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 6 laps
Valtteri Bottas Double R Dallara-Merc 4 laps
Mitch Evans Double R Dallara-Merc 4 laps
Roberto Merhi Prema Dallara-Merc 1 lap
Daniel Abt Signature Dallara-VW 0 laps
Richie Stanaway Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 0 laps
Laurens Vanthoor Signature Dallara-VW 0 laps
Hironobu Yasuda Three Bond Dallara-Nissan 0 laps