Félix da Costa: Macau my greatest victory
21 November 2012 – Red Bull protégé António Félix da Costa has hailed his Macau Grand Prix triumph as the finest of his career to date, with the Portuguese driver describing the famous Guia Circuit as 'the most challenging and demanding circuit' he has ever experienced.
Having missed out on pole position to Britain's Alex Lynn, the Portuguese driver fought back in the qualifying race before sealing the overall victory last Sunday afternoon.
"I have just arrived back in the UK and there are no words to describe it," Félix da Costa explained to GPUpdate.net. "It is an amazing feeling, especially to win it with Carlin and give it to (Team Principal) Trevor Carlin, one of the most important guys in my career.
"It is not a normal race and I only realised that when I won. It is the Macau Grand Prix, for me the most incredible race of all time at the most challenging and demanding circuit in the world."
The 21-year-old went on to explain that as an ex-Portuguese colony, the setting of Macau made for an even more 'intense and emotional' podium ceremony.
"It is simply amazing, especially because Macau is an ex-Portuguese colony," he added. "There are still a lot of Portuguese people here and they were supporting me every minute during the weekend.
"On the last two laps I had to control my emotions and keep focused, but the podium was really intense and emotional with people singing the Portuguese national anthem. No words can describe that."
Prior to Macau, Félix da Costa completed two successful days of Formula 1 testing with Red Bull to aid the team's preparation for the conclusion of the 2012 campaign.