British Formula 3 International Series Champion Felipe Nasr produced an ultra-committed drive during the 58th Macau F3 Grand Prix today, Sunday, 20th November, to round-off his career in the formula with the runner-up position in the world's most prestigious and historic F3 race.After taking second place in Saturday's Qualification Race to secure a spot on the front row of the grid for the GP proper, the 19-year-old Brazilian was involved in a series of action-packed battles at the front in an event where the Safety Car was deployed on three separate occasions.Off the start of the 15 lap encounter, Felipe battled wheel-to-wheel with Valtteri Bottas and pole position starter Marco Wittmann but had to settle for third place ahead of the emergence of the Safety Car for the first time.At the re-start on lap four, the Dallara-Volkswagen driver challenged second placed Bottas hard and the Finn made a costly mistake at Lisboa by hitting the barriers. Spain's Daniel Juncadella managed to get ahead of Felipe in the delay so the Brazilian was third once again but determined for more.Posting the fastest third sector of anyone on lap seven, the Carlin racer pushed on but the Safety Car re-appeared for a second time on lap eight. The action resumed on the 10th tour and more drama followed as the top four all diced in a tense slipstreaming fight down to Lisboa.Felipe emerged through the turn in third, with erstwhile leader Wittmann having been bundled back to fourth, and after closing down Japan's Yuhi Sekiguchi, Felipe brilliantly took second on lap 11 and set about hunting down leader Juncadella with just a handful of laps remaining.Charging on and lapping much faster in sectors one and two in particular, the British F3 Champion set the scene for a potential grandstand finish as he closed up behind the leader. Frustratingly, the Safety Car was deployed for a third time on the penultimate lap, after a multi-car accident on the main straight, thus ending his hopes of challenging for victory.
Just like Saturday's qualifying race, the action ended under caution with Felipe taking an incredibly hard fought second place. In addition, the aspiring Formula One driver posted the second fastest lap of the GP with a time of 2m12.570 seconds to round-out a very successful weekend in the former Portuguese enclave against the might of teams from F3 Euroseries and Japanese Formula 3."It was a very tricky race today, very difficult with all of the re-starts", said Felipe, "Teams like Prema and Signature came here as the favourites but we showed the potential we have, how quick we are and what a great job we can do."I was unlucky at the re-starts, there was never the chance for me to get the lead as I always had two or three cars attacking me on each side. Just before the last Safety Car, I had closed up to Daniel (Juncadella) and we could have had a good slipstream but then the Safety Car came and that was it."He added: "You need to be lucky at Macau, you need to be a strong driver and you need a good car - it's a lottery here as you need everything to go your way but we did a good job. Finishing in second is a great result for us and definitely a good end to the year. It shows, coming here as British F3 Champion, the championship is still very strong. We did really well, thanks to Carlin for a great job."Superbly capping off his second and final season in F3 with a memorable performance this weekend, Felipe now heads into a winter testing schedule ahead of a planned graduation to either the Formula Renault 3.5 Series or GP2 Series in 2012.