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The biggest Formula 3 race of the year – Volkswagen represented by ten talented youngsters at Macau Grand Prix

The biggest Formula 3 race of the year – Volkswagen represented by ten talented youngsters at Macau Grand Prix

Flash back from the 2014 Macau F3 main race

  • Eight wins so far – Volkswagen looking to continue successful tradition in Macau
  • Giovinazzi, Leclerc and Co. line up with Carlin, Van Amersfoort, Motopark and Signature

It is regarded as the unofficial Formula 3 World Championship: the Macau Grand Prix. Volkswagen can justifiably fancy its changes ahead of the most important and prestigious race in the number one series for young, single-seater drivers. The Wolfsburg-based company has a good hand in the gambling paradise of Macau: ten promising, talented young drivers, including the runner-up and fourth-placed drivers in this year’s Formula 3 European Championship, Antonio Giovinazzi (I) and Charles Leclerc (MC), will be “powered by Volkswagen”. Their cars will be run by four renowned racing teams: Carlin Motorsport, Van Amersfoort Racing, Signature and Motopark. Together, they are out to continue Volkswagen’s proud tradition at the 6.2-kilometre street circuit: Volkswagen currently has eight victories to its name as an engine supplier.

“The Grand Prix in Macau is not only the unofficial Formula 3 World Championship, but also the final highlight of the season,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. “The drivers naturally want to win here and follow in the footsteps of some true motorsport greats. The teams will also be working flat-out to head into the winter break with that positive feeling you get from a win. Macau is widely regarded as a gaming paradise – and you need to take the odd gamble out on the track here too: How shall I set my car up for qualifying and the race? Who will give me the all-important slipstream on the straights? And when is the right tactical moment to attack the car in front? In any case, it will be a real thrill for the drivers – and great entertainment for the spectators.”

In the footsteps of Brabham, Schumacher and Co. – the Volkswagen contingent

Mauricio Gugelmin, Andy Wallace, David Brabham and Michael Schumacher were all “powered by Volkswagen” when they were crowned king of the Formula 3 world. In 2015, ten talented youngsters will line up with engines from Wolfsburg as they strive to emulate their successful idols. DTM ace Edoardo Mortara is the only driver ever to have won two Formula 3 races in Macau – also with Volkswagen Power. The contingent will be spearheaded by Carlin’s Antonio Giovinazzi, who finished runner-up in this year’s Formula 3 European Championship. He will be joined on the Macau grid by team-mates Gustavo Menezes (USA), Yu Kanamaru (J) and Callum Illott (GB). The fourth-placed driver in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Charles Leclerc (MC), will race for Van Amersfoort Racing, together with Alessio Lorandi (I). The Signature team will line up with two Dallara-Volkswagens, with Alexander Albon (THA) and Dorian Boccolacci (F) at the wheel, while the Motopark team sends Markus Pommer (D) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR) into action.

Quotes ahead of the Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau

Antonio Giovinazzi (I, Carlin Motorsport), Dallara-Volkswagen #7
“We have prepared well for the Grand Prix in Macau. We have had good results all season. The entire team has worked hard to ensure that we arrive here in good spirits and can now look forward to the weekend. It is always special to be here. We will do our best to challenge for the win. However, this is Macau – which means you also need a bit of luck on your side.”

Charles Leclerc (MC, Van Amersfoort Racing), Dallara-Volkswagen #15
“This is my first time in Macau. Up until now, all I really knew about the track was that it is a street circuit. Having now had chance to take a look at it, I have to say: it looks as though it is going to be great fun. I love street circuits. I grew up in Monaco and regularly watched the Grand Prix there. Macau has a similar atmosphere. I can hardly wait to race here for the first time.”


Schedule for the Formula 3 Grand Prix, Macau (UTC +8 hours)
Thursday, 19 November 2015
09:35–10:15 hrsFormula 3 Grand Prix, 1st free practice (40 minutes)
14:20–15:00 hrsFormula 3 Grand Prix, 1st qualifying (40 minutes)
Friday, 20 November 2015
09:35–10:15 hrsFormula 3 Grand Prix, 2nd free practice (40 minutes)
15:55–16:35 hrsFormula 3 Grand Prix, 2nd qualifying (40 minutes)
Saturday, 21 November 2015
13:45–14:45 hrsFormula 3 Grand Prix, qualifying race (10 laps)
Sunday, 22 November 2015
15:30–16:30 hrsFormula 3 Grand Prix, race (15 laps)

Macau: Volkswagen victories at the Formula 3 Grand Prix
1984John Nielsen (DK), Ralt RT3 Volkswagen
1985Maurício Gugelmin (BR), Ralt RT30 Volkswagen
1986Andy Wallace (GB), Reynard 863 Volkswagen
1989David Brabham (AUS), Ralt RT33 Volkswagen
1990Michael Schumacher (D), Reynard 903 Volkswagen
2009Edoardo Mortara (I), Dallara F309 Volkswagen
2010Edoardo Mortara (I), Dallara F309 Volkswagen
2012António Félix da Costa (P), Dallara F312 Volkswagen

Macau: The most successful engine manufacturers in Formula 3
Volkswagen8 wins
Toyota7 wins
Mercedes-Benz6 wins
Opel4 wins
Mugen-Honda3 wins
Renault2 wins
Alfa-Romeo1 win
Fiat1 win
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