Dan Ticktum

Champ Ticktum joined by Jüri Vips for 2018 Macau attack

#1 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Motopark Dallara Volkswagen)
#3 Jüri Vips (EST – Motopark Dallara Volkswagen)

Dan Ticktum's sensational 2017 Macau Grand Prix victory will never be forgotten by any fan of the intense street circuit. The 19-year-old Briton now returns to the oriental territory to defend his title and has Estonian 18-year-old Jüri Vips alongside him in Red Bull Junior Team colours.

As returning champions the Motopark squad know exactly what they have to do and are perfectly placed to assist newcomer Vips get the best out of his debut in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix, the FIA F3 World Cup.

The eyes will be very much on Ticktum of course who has had a very good year in the FIA F3 European Championship, finishing second overall, and he views this race as the most important even though it is outside the championship. "I think it is the biggest race outside of F1, for me it is the best race on the calendar and I am very much looking forward to it," explained Ticktum.

No pressure on Ticktum

"Of course you could say that I've got the pressure on me because I am the returning winner but I don't look at it like that. I'm approaching it with a calm mind. I know what to expect, it's my third year and I know that you just have to approach it with the plan to chip away at it piece by piece. If you rush in you are likely to do something silly."

"Last year it was all a bit of a disaster until the final race, things ran against us all the way. But I know that you never give up, keep putting everything into it every time you get in the car. In the end it came back to us and that is the way it goes in Macau, it can turn around so quickly, never give up on it," concluded Ticktum.

Even less pressure on Vips

"In a way I am going into it a bit blind as I have never been there before," admitted Vips. "But I am making sure I am well prepared, watching the videos, running in the sim, learning everything I can before I get there."

"There is nothing better than having a fast teammate," enthused Vips who was fourth in the F3 European Championship for Motopark. "With Dan's win last year and the team's experience at Macau I should have everything I need. I certainly have a good feeling about it."

"I do like street circuits, Pau was great. Not so much the results as qualifying was a bit of a mess but I certainly came away with a very good feeling. I think the track suits me and I think Macau will too. I believe anything is possible," concluded Vips.

Macau weekend schedule – all times CST (China Standard Time – CET +7)

Thursday November 15th
09:55 – 10:35 Free Practice 1
14:20 – 15:00 Qualifying 1

Friday November 16th
11:30 – 12:10 Free Practice 2
15:10 – 15:50 Qualifying 2

Saturday November 17th
9:00 – 10:00 Qualifying Race (10 Laps)

Sunday November 18th
15:30 – 16:30 Macau Grand Prix (15 laps)