Macau: Bad day for the Brits

The Macau Grand Prix lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest events in the world to win on Sunday as the British contingent hit bad luck in their quest to finish at the front

Macau: Bad day for the Brits

The most disappointed man must have been Lewis Hamilton, who saw his hopes of victory evaporate on the second lap after he ran wide at Lisboa Bend and drove into the back of Nico Rosberg, who had gone straight on into the tyre barriers.

The Manor Motorsport driver, who had been dominant for most of the weekend, appeared to have unsettled himself watching leader Rosberg slide off, and locked up running into the corner. He got going again well down the field and had climbed up to 14th when he crashed out.

His clear anger at how his day had ended was evident by the fact that he left the track immediately after the race without speaking to any journalists.

Jamie Green also saw his chances of the win evaporate - but he was purely unlucky after being forced out of a strong second place with a puncture. The Euroseries F3 driver had got past Robert Kubica on lap six and was closing in on leader and eventual winner Alexandre Premat when disaster struck.

"I was catching Alexandre and the car was working really well when I just lost pressure in the left rear tyre," he said. "I got sideways and lost the place to Robert and then had to go to the pits.

"It's a real shame because the car was good but there was nothing I could do about it."

The leading Briton home was Adam Carroll, who finished sixth in the race shortened result, was counting his blessings after spinning at San Francisco as he toured around to the grid, while Rob Austin finished seventh.

Danny Watts was left cursing his luck, however, after also getting caught out in the confusion after Hamilton's spin on the second lap.

"I was running side-by-side Adam Carroll into Lisboa and braked as late as possible, but then saw Lewis' car and had nowhere to go so I went down the escape road," he said. "In my mirrors I saw a yellow car spinning and hit me, but thankfully there was no damage.

"By the time I got going again I was right down the field, and then I just went for it. I was overtaking a car each lap, and had got up to 11th place, when the race was stopped."

The countback caused by the red flag meant that Watts was eventually classified 12th.

James Rossiter's race only last one lap after he crashed out on the opening lap.

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