Brendon Hartley was the highest placed British F3 driver in the 55th Macau Grand Prix with the Carlin Motorsport driver powering his way from 20th on the grid to finish on the podium behind Keisuke Kunimoto and Edoardo Motara. The New Zealander’s mature drive saw him pick off cars on almost every lap and while he also benefitted from other drivers mistakes he made steady progress up the order and setting the fastest lap of the race on his way to a well deserved podium finish.
2008 British F3 Vice Champion Oliver Turvey also drove well after a disastrous start that saw the Englishman stall his Dallara Mercedes on the second row of the grid. Like Hartley, Oliver Turvey made good progress from the back of the field to finish the race 7th overall.
The new British F3 Champion Jaime Alguersuari was handed a drive through penalty that dropped the Spaniard from second place to the back of the field. In his first Macau Grand Prix Alguersuari also made good progress up the order to finish 10th.
Marcus Ericsson joined the Carlin team for the Macau Grand Prix but didn’t complete the first lap after making contact with the wall at Lisboa.
Hitech’s British F3 pairing of Walter Grubmuller and Max Chilton suffered a frustrating weekend but it finished on a high note with Grubmuller taking a top ten finish in 8th overall and Chilton bringing his car home in 14th in the incident filled final.
Atte Mustonen was the final British F3 driver taking part in the event with the Double R driver finishing the race in a disappointing 18th overall.
Third place man Brendon Hartley said, “We made quite a few changes to the car yesterday; it felt really good before the Qualification race, so it was really disappointing to be caught up in a first lap incident. We set the fastest lap in yesterday’s race and in this morning’s warm up, so I knew we had the pace to make up places but it’s difficult to pass here, so a lot of my race was about being patient and waiting for others to make mistakes. I’m really pleased to have ended the weekend on a high, and happy to have got a good result for the team.”
Macau Grand Prix – Result
1 – Keisuke Kunimoto – 41:01.864
2 – Edoardo Mortara – +1.710
3 – Brendon Hartley – +4.006
4 – Mika Maki – +8.442
5 – Renger van der Zande – +10.276
6 – Laurens Vanthoor – +12.975
7 – Oliver Turvey – +13.134
8 – Walter Grubmuller – +14.695
9 – Jules Bianchi – +18.725
10 – Jaime Alguersuari – +20.801
11 – Jon Lancaster – +20.898
12 – James Jakes – +21.418
13 – Franky Cheng – +22.404
14 – Max Chilton – +22.604
15 – Kei Cozzolino – +23.270
16 – Kazuya Oshima – +23.930
17 – Daniel Campos-Hull – +24.997
18 – Atte Mustonen – +33.744
19 – Nicola de Marco – +46.527
20 – Michael Ho – +51.739
Stefano Coletti – 11 laps
Basil Shaaban – 10 laps
Carlo van Dam – 7 laps
Roberto Merhi – 6 laps
Massaki Matsushita – 6 laps
James Winslow – 5 laps
Koki Saga – 2 laps
Marcus Ericsson – 0 laps
Roberto Streit – 0 laps
Sam Bird – 0 laps
Brendon Hartley – 2:12.565 – lap 15