wins incident-filled Macau Grand Prix
Premat triumphed in an incident-filled Macau Grand Prix on
Sunday, with two Safety Car periods and a red flag bringing
an early end to the event. The Frenchman withheld intense
pressure to head home Poland's Robert Kubica and Brazilian
Lucas di Grassi.
had started from third on the grid and kept that position
off the line, as Nico Rosberg moved ahead of pole position
man Lewis Hamilton as soon as the lights went out. At Lisboa
on lap two, though, both Rosberg and Hamilton ran wide and
hit the barriers.
handed Premat the lead but it almost went completely wrong
later that lap when he got sideways through Moorish corner
and clouted the barrier heavily. It appeared that he had damaged
his ASM car, as the following Kubica closed in on him, but
he managed to continue.
The Safety Car was called out on lap three after a heavy accident
involving Alvaro Parente at the Solitude Esses, allowing Premat
time to check how his car was handling. At the restart from
the beginning of lap six Premat put his foot down and managed
to get away cleanly.
him Kubica misjudged the restart and lost momentum, allowing
Jamie Green to draft past him on the run down to Lisboa and
seize second place. But Green's challenge to win the race
was short-lived after he suffered a puncture - probably caused
by running over debris. It caused him to run wide at Fishermen's
Bend on lap eight and lose time. He was passed by Kubica and
eventually slowed before coming into the pits for a new tyre.
left Premat clear of Kubica at the front with Lucas di Grassi
moving up to third, despite having suffered a broken diffuser
after being hit from behind by Fabio Carbone, who was running
fourth with a damaged front wing.
lap nine the Safety Car came out for a second time after Christian
Jones and Rodolfo Avila were involved at a collision through
the Solitude Esses and temporarily blocked the track. The
Safety Car came in at the end of lap 11 and, although Premat
locked up at the final corner, he managed to get some clean
air between himself and Kubica again.
appeared to have everything under control by lap 13 while
behind Kubica, Carbone managed to dive past di Grassi at Lisboa
Bend for third. That move was worth nothing, however, because
the race had to be stopped after a major pile-up at Police
Bend caused when Marko Asmer spun across the track and triggered
a multi-car pile-up.