Felix Rosenqvist won the restarted Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Sunday with a dominant performance after some early race scares.
At the original start, Rosenqvist got away slowly and fell down the order as fellow front row starter and Mucke Motorsport team-mate Lucas Auer led the field on the run down to Lisboa.
But Auer braked slightly too late and ran wide – leaving the door open for the cars behind him to go through.
However, Tom Blomqvist and Esteban Ocon clashed on the apex of Lisboa and, with a damaged front suspension, Ocon understeered off in to the barriers at San Fransisco Bend – taking his Carlin rival with him.
That triggered a pile-up, with Yu Kanamaru launching himself over both Jordan King and Blomqvist’s car to end up on top of the barriers. The race was red flagged.
At the restart, Rosenqvist got away cleanly but Auer was right in his slipstream and slingshot past on the run to Lisboa. However, he braked slightly too late again and ran deep through the corner – allowing Rosenqvist and Nick Cassidy through.
As Rosenqvist made the most of his clear air to pull clear, edging steadily away over the remainder of the 15-lap race, Cassidy and Auer became locked in an intense battle for second place.
In the end, Cassidy fell back when he hit the wall and damaged his car – allowing Auer to take second place on lap 13.
All eyes were on Rosenqvist though, who struggled to find words to explain what the triumph meant to him.
“For the first time in my life I am completely out of words,” he said. “I had luck with me, the car was quick and I did really well. It all came together for me for once. I couldn’t feel any better right now, it is unbelievable.”
Fourth place when to Roberto Merhi on his F3 return, ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Stefano Coletti.