Facing them is a track like nowhere else in the world: 6.2 kilometres of street circuit that begin with a tight and twisty technical section, before heading into the open countryside of the hills above Macau and diving back again into wide city streets to end the lap.
Some of the greatest drivers in motorsport have hailed the Guia circuit as the most challenging and unpredictable venue of the season. Proving the point, the winning car last year actually ended its race on its roof.
Macau has been compared to Monaco as well, but how does it stack up against the most famous street race in the world? Pirelli spoke to a man who knows both by heart to find out: Lucas di Grassi.
The 34-year-old has raced at Monaco in Formula E, Formula 3, GP2 and Formula 1: he was also Pirelli’s Formula 1 test driver as the Italian company prepared to enter grand prix racing eight years ago. He’s experienced when it comes to Macau as well, having claimed a podium on his debut at the track in F3 in 2003 and won overall in 2006.