One of the most demanding tracks out there
Of all the motorsport events that go on all over the world, there are only a handful that are truly iconic. We’re talking about events like the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours and Indy 500. But right up there with all those illustrious names is the Macau Grand Prix, which has been running since 1954 on a stunning six-kilometre street circuit around the former Portuguese colony: one of the most demanding tracks in all of motorsport.
Macau is known as the gambling capital of the world, and you also need a certain amount of luck to keep your car out of the barriers. The Macau Grand Prix meeting actually consists of a number of different races, but the two principal events are the ones supplied by Pirelli: the FIA GT World Cup (for GT3 cars) and the FIA Formula 3 World Cup.
Meet the F3 stars
Many of this year’s entered drivers for the Formula 3 World Cup are F1® hopefuls, aged mostly between 16 and 20. These include leading European contenders Maximilian Gunther from Germany, Britons George Russell and Callum Ilott and Sweden’s Joel Eriksson, as well as a strong Japanese contingent led by national champion Kenta Yamashita. Brazil, China, India and Russia are all among the other countries represented in a field of almost 30 single-seaters.
The youngsters will be up against three former winners turned factory racing drivers: Daniel Juncadella, Antonio Felix da Costa and Felix Rosenqvist – the latter aiming for an unprecedented hat-trick around the streets of Macau. They are joined by Alexander Sims, part of the winning BMW crew at this year’s Pirelli-supplied Spa 24 Hours.
One notable absence though will be Lance Stroll. He won the F3 Euroseries this year, but is skipping Macau in order to concentrate on his Formula 1® debut with Williams next year.