CAPACITY GRID ANNOUNCED FOR FIA F3 WORLD CUP | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

CAPACITY GRID ANNOUNCED FOR FIA F3 WORLD CUP

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17.10.19

30 YOUNG TALENTS TO CONTEST ICONIC MACAU GP

A truly world-class 30-car capacity grid has been confirmed ahead of next month’s FIA F3 World Cup at the much-loved Macau Grand Prix (14-17 November).

The FIA confirmed in July that the latest-specification FIA Formula 3 cars would contest the 2019 edition of the race, suggesting this could be the fastest Macau GP ever with the new cars more powerful than the previous iterations of F3 machinery.

The circuit remains undoubtedly one of the most challenging anywhere in the world, and safety remains the top priority for the FIA, with several key upgrades and developments being made ahead of this year’s event.

All ten teams that currently contest the FIA Formula 3 Championship across Europe will be represented at this year’s 66th running of the Macau GP, with each squad entering three cars.

Many of the European season regulars will be joined by some of Asia’s finest young drivers on the grid, whilst a host of headlining graduates will be returning to F3 action.

Reigning champion Daniel Ticktum will be bidding to become the first driver in history to claim a third successive Macau GP success, when the Briton lines up for Carlin Buzz Racing. American Logan Sargeant and Brazilian Felipe Drugovich join Ticktum at the team.

SJM Theodore Racing by PREMA is the local favourite and one of the most successful teams at the Macau GP. The squad last won the great race back in 2015, but its stellar line-up this season will strike fear into its rivals, with Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong and Jehan Daruvala piloting its cars.

Russian Scwartzman won the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship in commanding fashion, whilst team-mates Armstrong and Daruvala finished second and third in the standings respectively, so the team undoubtedly holds a trio of aces in its pack.

Callum Ilott is making another Macau comeback having graduated to a full time FIA Formula 2 Championship drive during the regular season. The Briton is no stranger to the iconic Guia street track as the SAUBER JUNIOR TEAM BY CHAROUZ driver contests his fifth Macau GP this time around. Ilott scored a podium in last year’s Qualification Race but the 20-year-old now targets overall honours.

Enzo Fittipaldi – grandson of two-time Formula 1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi – has cut a rapid ascent in car racing and the 18-year-old will make his Macau GP debut for SAUBER JUNIOR TEAM BY CHAROUZ in just his third full season of single-seater competition.

David Schumacher provides yet another F1 link at Sauber, as the son of former Macau GP winner Ralf Schumacher and nephew of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, completes its line-up.

Ferdinand Habsburg famously came within one corner of winning the Macau Grand Prix back in 2017, before contact with the barrier handed Ticktum his first triumph, but the Austrian driver will be a contender once more for the world renowned ART Grand Prix team.

Dane Christian Lundgaard and Spaniard Sebastian Fernandez complete the ART Grand Prix entry.

Estonian Jüri Vips – fourth overall in the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship – arguably headlines the Hitech Grand Prix trio, although Briton Max Fewtrell and Japanese Yuki Tsunoda will also be gunning for glory with the experienced outfit.

Oliver Caldwell and David Beckmann fill two of Trident Motorsport’s three entries, with its final driver yet to be confirmed.

JENZER MOTORSPORT’s Hon Chio Leong will represent Macau on the grid. German Andreas Estner will also race for the squad, as will a yet unnamed third entry.

Jake Hughes spearheads HWA RACELAB’s challenge with two further racers still to be announced, whilst MP MOTORSPORT and CAMPOS RACING are yet to confirm their respective entries.

The FIA F3 World Cup is the ultimate test and talent contest for aspiring Formula 1 drivers, a no-holds-barred race, which will surely prove thrilling for both fans and drivers alike.

The likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard have all won the great Macau Grand Prix, and the victor from this year’s stunning capacity grid will be looking to follow in their illustrious footsteps.