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Daniel Juncadella wins spectacular Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix
Podium: From left to right: Nasr, Juncadella and Wittmann - A still emotional Macau winner Juncadella and a bittersweet handshake between Nasr (2nd) and Witmann (3rd)
Daniel Juncadella triumphed after a thrilling battle for victory in the “SJM” Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after making the most of a safety car restart to grab a lead that he never relinquished.

The Spaniard was running fourth early on in the race but, after jumping two places following a safety car restart on lap five, he grabbed the opportunity to overhaul early front runner Marco Wittmann after a slipstreaming battle following another safety car restart on lap 10.

From there, Juncadella extended his advantage – despite some wild moments in the city section of the track – over second placed Felipe Nasr until a third and final safety car period on the penultimate lap guaranteed him the victory as the race could not be restarted.

“I didn’t really expect to win but this feeling is amazing,” said the Prema driver. “I still can’t believe it. On the last lap when we were behind the safety car, I have never cried that much in my life.”

Wittmann (1), Nasr (7), Bottas (28) and Juncadella (12) get the perfect getaway whilst Merhi (11) gets a very poor getaway, Vanthoor (2) hits Merhi and collects Abt (3) and Mehri eventually gets hit from behind by Stanaway (32) (not visible)
Wittmann, who had started from pole position and had built up a 2.7 seconds advantage before the second safety car period, dropped down to fifth at one stage after being overtaken at the restart – but recovered to finish third.

The race was full of incident – with Roberto Merhi triggering a start-line accident when he stalled at the start and was hit from behind by Richie Stanaway, while Laurens Vanthoor spun after getting caught up in the incident.

Valtteri Bottas had threatened for the lead early on, but he hit the wall at Lisboa on lap four following a safety car restart and was forced to retire.

Kevin Magnussen escaped with an injured left knee following a high speed crash into the fencing at Mandarin Bend, after he clipped the back of William Buller’s car and was launched into the air. Carlos Sainz and Hywel Lloyd also crashed trying to avoid getting caught up in the incident.

Results - 15 laps:


Driver Team/Car Behind
1. Daniel Juncadella (E) Prema Dallara-Merc +0.000s
2. Felipe Nasr (BR) Carlin Dallara-VW +0.359s
3. Marco Wittmann (D) Signature Dallara-VW +0.662s
4. Yuhi Sekiguchi (J) Mucke Dallara-Merc +1.378s
5. Hannes van Asseldonk (NL) Hitech Dallara-VW +2.128s
6. William Buller (GB) Fortec Dallara-Merc +3.301s
7. Lucas Foresti (BR) Fortec Dallara-Merc +3.860s
8. Jazeman Jaafar (MAL) Carlin Dallara-VW +4.062s
9. Richard Bradley (GB) TOM'S Dallara-Toyota +4.595s
10. Adderly Fong (HK) Sino Vision Dallara-Merc +4.819s
11. Pietro Fantin (BR) Hitech Dallara-VW +5.551s
12. Kimiya Sato (J) Motopark Dallara-VW +6.534s
13. Carlos Huertas (GOL) Carlin Dallara-VW +8.336s
14. Kevin Magnussen (DK) Carlin Dallara-VW DNF 13 laps
15. Hideki Yamauchi (J) Toda Dallara-Honda DNF 13 laps
16. Hywel Lloyd (GB) Sino Vision Dallara-Merc DNF 13 laps
17. Carlos Sainz Jr (E) Signature Dallara-VW DNF 13 laps
18. Alexander Sims (GB) TOM'S Dallara-Toyota DNF 13 laps
19. Marko Asmer (EST) Double R Dallara-Merc DNF 13 laps
20. Antonio Felix da Costa (P) Hitech Dallara-VW DNF 12 laps
21. Carlos Munoz (COL) Signature Dallara-VW DNF 9 laps
22. Felix Rosenqvist (S) Mucke Dallara-Merc DNF 6 laps
23. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Double R Dallara-Merc DNF 4 laps
24. Mitch Evans (NZ) Double R Dallara-Merc DNF 4 laps
25. Roberto Merhi (E) Prema Dallara-Merc DNF 1 lap
26. Daniel Abt (D) Signature Dallara-VW DNF 0 laps
27. Richie Stanaway (NZ) Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW DNF 0 laps
28. Laurens Vanthoor (B) Signature Dallara-VW DNF 0 laps
29. Hironobu Yasuda (J) Three Bond Dallara-Nissan DNF 0 laps

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