Red Bull junior Daniel Ticktum (Motopark) took a dramatic victory in the Macau Grand Prix following a crash on the final corner involving his team-mate Sérgio Sette Câmara and Carlin’s Ferdinand Habsburg.
At the start, Callum Ilott (Prema) led from pole but on the long run up to Lisboa, Joel Eriksson used the advantage of the slipstream to take the lead. Shortly after this, the full course yellow was deployed as Marino Sato (Motopark) had crashed at the Melco corner.
The race was restarted to the surprise of many as the cars were half way down the straight on the approach to Lisboa. As a result, Eriksson was caught off guard and locked up his front wheels, sliding gently into the barrier, with Câmara inheriting first place.
Although the Swede did get his car restart, the engine cut out soon after and retired from the race. Due to where Eriksson had stopped on the track, the Safety Car was deployed. The race got under way once again on Lap 7, with Câmara successfully defending the position.
However, on the following lap, Maximilian Günther (Prema) got a great drive out of Mandarin and went to attempt an overtake into Lisboa but was forced to abort due to waved yellow flags.
This proved to be costly for the German as Câmara began to pull away and by the time the yellow flags were removed on Lap 11, Habsburg managed to execute a pass on the outside of Lisboa to move into second place.
On the following lap, Lando Norris (Carlin) attempted a similar manoeuvre on Günther but was unsuccessful and had to defend from Ticktum, who was now tucked up behind him.
As Câmara and Habsburg ran off into the distance, Günther struggles with tyre and leads a small train of cars containing Norris, Ticktum and the Van Amersfoort pairing of Ralf Aron and Pedro Piquet.
On the penaltimute lap on the approach to Lisboa, Norris moves to the outside to pass Günther. Behind them, Ticktum stays in Norris’ slipstream and does the same to perform an incredible double overtake to move into third.
Günther dropped to sixth after Aron forced his way past at the following St. Francisco Hill corner.
Back at the front, Habsburg had closed right up to the back of Câmara as they begun the final lap, with the pair of them going wheel to wheel through Mandarin to the delight of the crowd in the main grandstand at Lisboa.
On the exit of the penultimate Fisherman’s corner, Habsburg got better acceleration and used his momentum to go around the outside of Câmara to take the lead.
But as the pair entered the final right-hand corner, both drivers experienced oversteer and slammed into the barriers in un-related incidents, gifting a remarkable victory to Ticktum, who pipped Norris to the line.
Aron took third ahead Habsburg, who managed to drag his stricken Carlin to the finish but was understandably distraught as he was greeted by his Father and Carlin mechanics in Parc Fermé.
After the race, Ticktum what still in shock as to what had transpired at the race’s conclusion: “Honestly, there are no words to describe what I am feeling right now! I can’t believe that has just happened.
“Everyone was saying there was an element of luck in it, in which there is, but I kept my nose clean throughout the race and took my opportunities where I could.
“Obviously, I did a good move with Lando [and Maximilian] around the outside and I did what I needed to do.
“The setup changes we made to the car obviously worked for this race, so I am absolutely ecstatic, and I can’t thank everyone enough. The team, my father, Red Bull, Dr. [Helmut] Marko, everyone. Thank you”.
Ticktum’s victory is the fourth for a British driver this side of the millennium, following the triumphs of Mike Conway in 2006, Oliver Jarvis in 2007 and Alex Lynn in 2013.
Günther managed to hold off Piquet for fifth place, with Sacha Fenestraz (Carlin) close behind in seventh place.
Guanyu Zhou (Prema) claimed eighth with Tadasuke Makino (Motopark) in ninth and Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) took an impressive tenth, having made a pit stop during the full course yellow in the early stages.
Despite being last of the sixteen finishers and two laps down, having needed to make a pitstop himself, Mick Schumacher (Prema) still managed to post the fastest lap of the race with a 2:12.651, showcasing what could have been if had more luck on the day.
Formula Three Macau Grand Prix Official Classification:
|Pos.||Car No. Driver (Nationality), Team (Engine)||Laps||Time/Reason for Retirement|
|1||18 Daniel Ticktum (GBR), Motopark (Volkswagen)||15||39:56.648|
|2||1 Lando Norris (GBR), Carlin (Volkswagen)||15||+0.568|
|3||25 Ralf Aron (EST), Van Amersfoort Racing (Mercedes)||15||+1.763|
|4||3 Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT), Carlin (Volkswagen)||15||+1.953|
|5||9 Maximilian Günther (DEU), Prema Powerteam (Mercedes)||15||+4.463|
|6||26 Pedro Piquet (BRA), Van Amersfoort Racing (Mercedes)||15||+5.141|
|7||5 Sacha Fenestraz (FRA), Carlin (Volkswagen)||15||+5.386|
|8||8 Guanyu Zhou (CHN), Prema Powerteam (Mercedes)||15||+6.483|
|9||16 Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Motopark (Volkswagen)||15||+7.626|
|10||2 Jehan Daruvala (IND), Carlin (Volkswagen)||15||+10.455|
|11||20 Álex Palou (JPN), ThreeBond Racing (Tomei)||15||+27.160|
|12||12 Rimoto Miyata (JPN), Team TOM’S (Toyota)||15||+43.746|
|13||19 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA), Motopark (Volkswagen)||14||+1 Lap|
|14||11 Sho Tsuboi (JPN), Team TOM’S (Toyota)||14||+1 Lap|
|15||7 Callum Ilott (GBR), Prema Powerteam (Mercedes)||13||+2 Laps|
|16||10 Mick Schumacher (DEU), Prema Powerteam (Mercedes)||13||+2 Laps|
|6 Devlin DeFrancesco (CDN), Carlin (Volkswagen)||10||Crashed at Lisboa|
|22 Yuhi Sekiguchi (JPN), B-Max Racing Team (Volkswagen)||6||Retired|
|21 Kenta Yamashita (JPN), B-Max Racing Team (Volkswagen)||6||Retired|
|15 Joel Eriksson (SWE), Motopark (Volkswagen)||2||Engine Stalled|
|17 Marino Sato (JPN), Motopark (Volkswagen)||0||Crashed at Melco|