Wow. What a weekend in Macau that was!
After 11 years we won the Macau Grand Prix once again – this time with Antonio Felix da Costa. And didn’t he do it in style?
For 2012 we took a total of six cars with us. Antonio Felix da Costa, Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Daniel Abt, Jack Harvey and Will Buller – a great line-up of talented young drivers who certainly didn’t disappoint.
What can you say about Macau? It’s big, it’s brilliant and it’s an eye opener. With its close walls and tricky corners this is a track tackled only by the bravest. From Thursday’s running to the very end of Saturday’s race every Carlin driver and team member put their all into making this one of the team’s greatest Macau Grand Prix.
Following qualifying da Costa lined up on the grid in second position – red and yellow flags had hampered progress of the majority of the field with the Carlin man being one of them. However as he pulled away for the Qualification Race he took the lead and eventually the win which ensured he would start the 30th Formula Three Macau GP from pole position on Sunday afternoon.
And what a pole position it was. We couldn’t even see the grid markings as Antonio was pushed to the front. His engineer and mechanics struggled to get close to the car as the excitement built ahead of the hugely prestigious race as the fans and photographers flocked to the front.
However as the lights went out it was easy for Antonio and he maintained control of the race despite a safety car period to cross the line and brilliantly become the first driver since Takuma Sato in 2001 to win the Macau GP for Carlin.
There were a few highlights that really stood out to the whole team this weekend. Not least seeing Trevor Carlin celebrate 30 years of Formula Three in Macau by jumping into Buller’s car and becoming our seventh driver for the day!
And of course this…
Despite losing the Portuguese national anthem the podium was really quite special. The fans made up for it by singing their hearts out while the correct anthem was located and finally played out over the circuit.
It really was a great event to be part of. For the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics and every other team member it was a special year and an achievement that we are all incredibly proud of.
The only downside? We packed the trophies in our freight so won’t see them for a little while! But here’s a sneak peek of them on our table at the prize giving ceremony. We’ll make sure we tweet a picture of them as soon as they’re back and settled in their new home here at base.
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