Macao, 16 November – The Macau weekend is proceeding with its long and intense programme of races. Formula 3 today held its ‘Qualification Race’, a ten-lap battle to decide the final slots on the starting grid for tomorrow’s decider. Raffaele Marciello started on pole position and took the chequered flag in third place.
“When the lights went out I didn’t manage the clutch well and the getaway was not the best,” explained the Ferrari Driver Academy racer. “That meant I found myself back in fifth place on the way into Lisboa but, fortunately, the Macau track offers plenty of chances to gain places back. I immediately had a very good feeling with the car and on the fifth lap I managed to pass Felix Da Costa, also at Lisboa. Then I got past Auer and, once I was up to third, I managed my pace for the remaining laps before the chequered flag. To try and reach Rosenqvist would have been a risk, partly because the tyres were starting to show signs of wear. Starting from third place in tomorrow’s finale means that any result is possible, so today the important thing was to finish the race without mistakes. This way, like my team-mate Lynn (who won the Qualification Race) tomorrow I will have a new set of tyres available: we will be among the few to still have a set of tyres in perfect condition.” The decider, which will take place over a distance of 15 laps, starts at 15:30 local time.