This year marks the 25th running of the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, where the world’s best Formula 3 drivers assemble at Macau to do battle for the coveted title, and step in to the fast lane to the FIA Formula One World Championship.
The Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix is the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup, the only race in the category to hold the title, and the reason why it is perceived as the world cup of Formula 3.
Because the race is the focus of the international motorsport community, Formula 3 drivers across the globe are keen to have a seat on the grid, hoping to show their talent, draw the attention of a Formula One team, and realize the dream of racing at the pinnacle of the sport.
The Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix has long been the stepping stone for young racing drivers to Formula One. Many drivers have successfully drawn the attention of the Formula One fraternity following a strong performance at Macau, such as the winner of the inaugural Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix Ayrton Senna, seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. All of these drivers made their names after competing at Macau.
Many of the current generation of Formula One drivers are also graduates of Macau, including Lewis Hamilton, who made his debut in Formula 1 this year and almost won the title, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel and Takuma Sato.
The status of the Macau race and its importance to a drivers’ career mean it attracts the best racers from the top national and regional championships. This year sees an extremely strong field with the champions and leading drivers from the British, European, Japanese and German series. With the possible realization of the dream of reaching Formula 1, the drivers will be going all out for the title this weekend, meaning an exciting battle is on the cars for motorsport fans!
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