Daniel Ticktum won the FIA F3 World Cup in Macau for the second-time in a row yesterday, becoming the third driver to achieve two Formula 3 victories in Guia Circuit, after Edoardo Mortara and Felix Rosenqvist.
The British driver completed a perfect weekend after winning the Qualification Race on Saturday, which granted him the pole position to defend his title.
The Motopark Academy driver and RedBull Junior Team driver retained the title achieved in 2017 and scored precious points on the way to the Super License that opens the Formula 1 gates.
In a race he dominated back-to- back by Ticktum, he never left the front running position during the entire course of the race.
The race was marked by a forced stop on lap 3 after a restart over a Safety Car period due to a crash at Lisboa involving four drivers. The German driver Sophia Flörsch was involved in a high-speed crash at the very same spot, with her car flying over Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi before crash-landing against the photographers’ bunker located on the Lisboa bend; a structure which also sustained several damages.
According to the latest information made available by both the FIA and the Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee (MGPOC), two drivers were injured (Flörsch included) along with two photographers on duty in the interior of the bunker and one of the Lisboa bend race marshals, who was hit by the car after the safety barriers were torn away.
In the same statement, the MGPOC acknowledged that the five people injured in the accident were transported to the Conde de Sao Januario Hospital Center. “All were conscious and are receiving medical treatment,” the statement says.
The red flag was out for over half an hour, with the drivers lined up in the pit lane awaiting news on a possible restart, which eventually happened on time to give Ticktum his rightful title on track.
After the restart, Swede Joel Eriksson, who had lost second place earlier to the Frenchman Sasha Fenestraz, managed to recover and came second to Ticktum on the podium.
Fenestraz finished third. Taking fourth place was British racer Jack Hughes, who has been racing in the Asian Championships, in front of the 2018 European F3 Champion, Mick Schumacher, the best from the five-car field of Theodore Racing Team.