#27 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA – Carlin Dallara-VW)
Qualifying Race Grid: 4th – Result: 3rd
Macau Grand Prix Grid: 3rd – Result: 3rd
Third place at the 63rd Macau Grand Prix is insufficient reward for a thrilling drive by Sérgio Sette Câmara to conclude his F3 season. The 18-year-old Brazilian enjoyed a storming race, taking the lead with a fabulous start from P3. He snatched the advantage into the right hand kink at Mandarin then held a brave inside line three abreast on the brakes for the tight right at Lisboa.
With a blistering opening lap the Red Bull Junior stole a 1.2 second advantage over Carlin Team mate and ex Junior António Félix da Costa. Quicker still on lap two, Sette Câmara pushed the lead to 1.4 next time round leaving the 2012 Macau winner to dig deep in response.
Youth against experience
The Portuguese DTM Red Bull driver did respond and started to close the gap. Then a Safety Car period closed it completely. On the restart Félix da Costa took Sette Câmara's slipstream on the run down to Lisboa and snatched the lead. Several laps later another Safety Car allowed two time Macau winner Felix Rosenqvist to do the same.
Though frustrated by the opportunities handed to the more experienced men, Sette Câmara continued to drive the wheels off the VW engined Dallara and obviously deserved his place on the podium. "For me, it is a great feeling to lead a race like this," he beamed. "Since yesterday night, I was thinking that I could maybe win Macau. We found something in the car after yesterday's race and I thought that I may be on it. It was looking really good for me. António was really on it, and so was Felix. It was really nice to watch the battle between them, especially from inside the car."
"During the second safety car, I thought I have to surprise everyone," explained the Brazilian. "The safety car turned the lights off too late and I couldn't do it. The rear of my car was stepping out at high speed, so I had no real chance."
"I am very happy. I hoped for a good result at Macau. I was eleventh in the FIA F3 European Championship this year, but that doesn't reflect my potential, as I had a lot of technical problems. Third place in a race like this should help my chances for next year and I should finalise my plans within the next few days."