Macau Grand Prix: Antonio Felix da Costa takes victory on F3 return

Antonio Felix da Costa claimed his second Macau Grand Prix victory after passing early leader Sergio Sette Camara on the restart after a safety-car period

Macau Grand Prix: Antonio Felix da Costa takes victory on F3 return

The Portuguese started from pole position following his win in Saturday's qualification race, but could not survive the slipstream down to Lisboa.

Second-on-the-grid Callum Ilott got the jump into the Reservoir kink, before Sette Camara towed both front-row starters to move into the lead at Mandarin Oriental.

Red Bull Junior Sette Camara then emerged from a three-abreast moment with da Costa and Ilott to lead out of Lisboa.

Sette Camara looked to be coming under pressure from the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of da Costa when the safety car came out after four laps due to a Nikita Mazepin crash at the Paiol left-hander.

At the restart, da Costa repeated his move on Ilott from Saturday's race, dragging past on the outside to lead into Lisboa.

Meanwhile, Felix Rosenqvist had worked his way from sixth on the grid into third.

The Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes ace had benefited from the top three's side-by-side moment on the first lap that sent Ilott wide, and allowed Kenta Yamashita up to third and Rosenqvist to fourth.

Rosenqvist then passed Yamashita's T-Sport Dallara-Tomei into Lisboa on the third lap; Ilott also squeezed down the inside and, despite a touch with Yamashita, moved into fourth place at San Francisco Bend.

After 10 laps, the race went under caution again due to Nick Cassidy, who had worked his way from 28th on the grid after an engine change to 11th, crashing in the same spot as Mazepin.

That left three laps of action remaining, and da Costa was able to get a good enough restart to repel Sette Camara's bid on the outside line into Lisboa.

Sette Camara had a slide further around the lap at Fisherman's Bend, and Rosenqvist got close enough to make an outside pass on the Brazilian into Lisboa.

Rosenqvist had just under two laps to catch da Costa. The Swede set fastest lap on the penultimate tour, but da Costa held firm and crossed the line 1.603 seconds in front.

There was more action between Yamashita and Ilott after the second restart, the Japanese champion snatching fourth position back from the Van Amersfoort Racing man with more contact between the pair.

The Hitech GP duo of top qualifier George Russell and Daniel Juncadella appeared to lack pace.

Both were passed by Jake Hughes, the Carlin driver denying Russell of the honour of top Macau rookie and taking sixth place.

VAR's Pedro Piquet completed by far the best weekend of his F3 career by finishing ninth, with Double R Racing's Alexander Sims rounding out the top 10 and Carlin youngster Lando Norris charging from 26th on the grid to 11th.

Dan Ticktum and David Beckmann ran in the top 10 early on, but incidents put Ticktum out of the race and dropped Beckmann down the order.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 37m57.447s
2 Felix Rosenqvist SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.603s
3 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 3.194s
4 Kenta Yamashita ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 3.862s
5 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 4.348s
6 Jake Hughes Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 6.191s
7 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 7.027s
8 Daniel Juncadella Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 7.840s
9 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 9.361s
10 Alexander Sims Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 11.294s
11 Lando Norris Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 13.040s
12 Andy Chang ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 15.101s
13 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 15.520s
14 Tadasuke Makino Toda Racing Dallara/Toda 17.674s
15 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 17.913s
16 Sho Tsuboi TOM'S Dallara/Toyota 18.530s
17 Sam MacLeod Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 19.081s
18 Keyvan Andres KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 19.972s
19 David Beckmann KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 20.325s
20 Jann Mardenborough B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 22.895s
21 Arjun Maini Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 48.349s
22 Daiki Sasaki B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
- Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Nick Cassidy SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Dan Ticktum Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Maximilian Guenther SJM Theodore Racing by Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Hong Li Ye B-MAX Racing Team Dallara/Volkswagen Withdrawn

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