Marchy Lee Finishes 18th in thrilling Macau Grand Prix
Chinese race ace Marchy LEE Yin-Kin moved from 29th on the grid to 18th to end a bitter sweet Macau Grand Prix weekend. After incident packed qualifying, Lee was forced to start from the back of the grid, but held his cool to avoid the further pile-ups during the race.
After a good start, Lee held his position and navigated his way around the tight Guia street circuit as most cars made it through unscathed. On lap three of fifteen, leader Nico Rosberg and second-placeman Lewis Hamilton skidded into the barriers at Mandarin, probably due to oil on the track, bringing out the safety car for 3 laps. At the re-start, Danny Watts, ahead of Lee, slammed was heavy on the brakes, forcing Lee to back off, which let Tung Ho-Pin past, pushing Lee into 20th.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton had rejoined the race and was making his way back up the field, passing Lee on lap 7. A further incident brought out the safety car again on lap eight until eleven and soon after the restart Jamie Green and Lewis Hamilton retired in separate incidents, putting Lee in 18th. The race was ended prematurely when the red flags were brought out on lap 13 after a big pileup involving four cars. Lee managed to avoid the accident, but the final results were taken from one complete lap before the red flags, meaning Lee remained in 18th.
"I was very careful to avoid any incidents at the start, and I just held my own. At the first restart, I think Danny [Watts] brake tested me, forcing me to back off and Ho-Pin [Tung] got past me. I continued to push hard but the second safety car prevented me from making a move," said Lee. "I was lucky to avoid the final crash of the race, but unfortunately that ended the race too. I think that with better qualifying I could have been much further up, but in Macau things don't always go as planned!"
The eventual winner was Alexandre Premat of France in 37mins 13.731secs, followed by Robert Kubica (POL) and Lucas Di Grassi (BRA).