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António Félix da Costa has won the 59th edition of the Macau Grand Prix, thus placing his name on one of motorsport’s most sought-after trophies. The Portuguese came out on top following an entertaining battle with Felix Rosenqvist of Sweden, with Britain’s Alex Lynn completing the podium.
Victory in the qualification race gifted the main event pole position to Félix da Costa, but it was Rosenqvist who grabbed the lead at the start. A few corners later, the Carlin driver was back in front. Dutchman Hannes van Asseldonk also enjoyed a lightning getaway and was up to sixth by the end of the first tour; his race then came to an abrupt end just one lap later.
The race ended for several drivers across the opening laps, not least last year’s winner Daniel Juncadella. Luke Wolf collected the wall and it was for this reason that the Safety Car was deployed until Lap 6. Félix da Costa maintained the lead when Rosenqvist drew alongside at the restart, but passing on the outside of the infamous Lisboa corner is practically impossible.
The Swede kept piling on the pressure for the remainder of the race, but Félix da Costa defended in the necessary places to take the chequered flag. Pascal Wehrlein was the first man off the podium, ahead of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani who managed to seize sixth in a strong recovery drive. Carlos Sainz Jr. ended the day seventh as Raffaele Marciello, Harry Tincknell and Will Buller completed the top ten.
On the last lap came a hard impact for Japanese Formula 3 Champion Ryo Hirakawa, who failed to slow down after the straight and flew into a retaining wall. On such a narrow street course, Lucas Auer was unable to avoid the stricken car and piled into the stationary vehicle.
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