Bruno Senna admits he is feeling sore after being involved in a nasty accident that eliminated him from the remainder of the Macau Grand Prix weekend.

Returning to Formula 3 racing for the first time since he competed in Macau in 2006, Senna was looking to repeat the victory of his uncle Ayrton 14 years earlier.

After qualifying a disappointing 18th, Senna was playing catch-up during the qualifying race, the Brazilian was making impressive progress up the order and running seventh when Nico Hulkenberg attempted to make a pass on lap seven.

However, when Hulkenberg moved back across, he clipped Senna and sent him airborne at 160kph, the Double R Racing driver hitting other cars and the wall before coming to a rest.

Sent to hospital for precautionary checks, Senna suffered a bruised left thumb that ruled him out of the final, although the damage sustained meant the team would not have been able to repair his car in time anyway.

"I was feeling very sore after yesterday's accident and what happened is very disappointing. I had made a good start in the qualification race and the car was feeling okay. On the lap of my crash I made a mistake at the last corner so Nico got in my slipstream and pulled by the side of me, but didn't get ahead.

"When we got to Mandarin he just turned into me. It was a very big accident. The doctors found I had a crack in my thumb, and the car was too badly damaged, so the weekend was over for me.

"It's disappointing because I thought I could get a good result for the team now that I have more experience, and I would have got a good result in the qualification race ready for today."


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