F3: Macau Grand Prix Preview

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Source: fiaf3europe.com

FIA Formula Three European Champion Mick Schumacher will be amongst the favourites to win the 65th running of the Macau Grand Prix at the famous Guia street circuit.

Run to Formula 3 specifications with all 28 cars produced by Dallara, the race has been a great proving ground for the motorsport stars of the future.

The likes of Formula One champions Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, Touring Car legends Rickard Rydell and Jӧrg Müller, Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi have all won here during their junior careers.

As always, the race will be held around the Guia Circuit.

The track has a contrasting mix between wide, lengthy straights and narrow corners which are designed to punish human error, with the Turn 3 Lisboa corner providing the best overtaking opportunities.

António Félix da Costa, who won the race twice in 2012 and 2016 respectively, has shown high regard for the famed street circuit in the past.

“Macau is one of the most special tracks in the world for any driver,” said da Costa ahead of the 2016 race.

He added, “Even if you speak to the guys who are in F1 now, everyone would love to go back. It’s just a special week.”

“It’s probably the biggest achievement of my career; you never forget this track!”

Last year’s encounter was another in a long line of classics, with Ferdinand Hadsburg and Sérgio Sette Câmara crashing out at the last corner to allow Dan Ticktum to take the chequered flag.

Habsburg and Ticktum will be racing in Macau once again in 2018, alongside F3 champions Mick Schumacher and Sho Tsuboi.

DTM’s Joel Eriksson will be another to return to the circuit, as will Yuhi Sekiguchi having raced this year in the Japan-based Super GT and Super Formula championships.

Other recognisable names on the entry list include Robert Shvartzman, Juri Vips, Marcus Armstrong, Callum Ilott, Ralf Aron and Jake Hughes.

The oldest driver on the grid though will be Ryuji Kumita, who is the current Team Principal of the Japanese team B-Max Racing.

Contesting under the pseudonym ‘Dragon’, the 51-year-old also entered the 2017 race but was unable to take part after he injured his hand in a qualifying crash.

The Official Entry List for the 65th Macau Grand Prix:

Team; Chassis/Engine Driver (Nationality) 2018 Results
Motopark; Dallara/Volkswagen Dan Ticktum (GBR) FIA Formula 3 European Championship Runner-Up
Juri Vips (EST) 4th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Ferdinand Habsburg (AUT) 13th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Marino Sato (JPN) 16th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Joel Eriksson (SWE) 14th, DTM
Prema Powerteam; Dallara/Mercedes Mick Schumacher (DEU) FIA Formula 3 European Champion
Robert Shwartzman (RUS) 3rd, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Marcus Armstrong (ITA) 5th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Ralf Aron (EST) 6th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Guan Yu Zhou (CHN) 8th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
B-Max Racing Team; Dallara/Volkswagen Yuhi Sekiguchi (JPN) 5th Super GT*; 4th, Super Formula Championship
Álex Palou (ESP) 7th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship*
Ryuji ‘Dragon’ Kumita (JPN) N/A
Carlin; Dallara/Volkswagen Callum Ilott (GBR) 3rd, GP3 Series*
Jehan Daruvala (IND) 10th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Sacha Fenestraz (FRA) 11th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Yoshiaki Katayama (JPN) 7th, All-Japan Formula 3
Toda Racing; Dallara/Toda Sena Sakaguchi (JPN) 4TH, All-Japan Formula 3
Toshiki Oyu (JPN) 6th, All-Japan Formula 3
Van Amersfoort Racing; Dallara/Mercedes Keyvan Andres (DEU) 18th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Sophia Flӧrsch (DEU) 22nd, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Frederick Vesti (DEN) 4th, ADAC Formula 4; 10th, Italian Formula 4
Hitech GP; Dallara/Mercedes Jake Hughes (GBR) 8th, GP3 Series*
Enaam Ahmed (GBR) 9th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Charles Leong (MAC) 26th, FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Team TOM’s; Dallara/Toyota Sho Tsuboi (JPN) All-Japan Formula 3 Champion
Ritomo Miyata (JPN) All-Japan Formula 3 Runner-Up
ThreeBond Racing; Dallara/Tomei Ukyo Sasahara (JPN) 3rd, All-Japan Formula 3 Championship

 

*Season still in progress at time of press

 

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