Podium for Rosenqvist at Macau
Felix Rosenqvist is and remains a Macau specialist. With second place, he finished on the podium for the third year in a row at the FIA F3 World Cup in Macau.
Felix Rosenqvist (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema) and the legendary Guia street circuit in Macau enjoy a very special love affair. The Mercedes-AMG DTM driver achieved a podium in the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix for the third successive time on Sunday. After taking two wins in the past two years (2014 and 2015), he finished second, securing a podium for the third time in a row. He also set the fastest lap time. This was his fourth podium overall in Macau.
”It’s been a very special weekend here in Macau, as always”, said Felix Rosenqvist. “It started out well with the fastest time in practice, but then things were just going against us in qualifying and we were really unlucky with the timing of the red flags. The Qualification Race was also pretty tough, but we managed to make up a few positions and we knew we had nothing to lose going into the main one. We made some changes and took a bit of risks, but it paid off and the car was great. The race itself was so intense; I knew I had to make quick progress, and in the end it was enough for second place. It’s great to have made the podium once again here in Macau, even though I came here aiming for victory, and now I will finally take some time off and recharge my batteries after an incredibly busy season.”
DTM stars rise to the challenge of Macau
Also lining up on the grid this weekend was his Mercedes-AMG DTM team-mate Daniel Juncadella (Hitech GP). Like Rosenqvist, the Spaniard is a former winner of the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, namely in 2011. This time round, he finished the race in P8.
“Some of the best memories of my racing career are of Macau,” says Juncadella, who considers the final sector of the treacherous street circuit to be the most difficult. “You need 'cojones', especially if you don’t have much experience of the track. If you want to be up with the front-runners, you have to push yourself slightly beyond your limits.”
Macau Grand Prix: Happy hunting ground for Mercedes-AMG
This year, no fewer than 15 of the drivers tackling the challenge of the Guia street circuit were powered by a Mercedes-AMG Formula 3 engine. Apart from Rosenqvist, five other drivers in the Top Ten were powered by Mercedes: Callum Ilott (5th place), George Russell (7th place), Daniel Juncadella (8th place), Pedro Piquet (9th place).
The Macau Grand Prix has a long tradition. The race was first staged on the Guia street circuit in 1954 and since 1983 has been subject to Formula 3 regulations. Winners of the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix in previous years include Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna (1983) and record Formula 1 championship winner Michael Schumacher (1990) as well as former Mercedes-AMG DTM star names David Coulthard (1991) and Ralf Schumacher (1995). A driver powered by a Mercedes-AMG Formula 3 engine has won in Macau on seven occasions since 2004.