#10 Callum Ilott (GBR – Carlin Dallara-VW)
To round off his first open wheel season Callum Ilott heads to the old Portuguese outpost for the non championship Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. The Briton, who turned 17 on November 11th, has no doubt about the status of the event sometimes referred to at the oriental Monaco.
"It's the one race that everyone talks about as being tougher than Monaco, I keep being told that but of course I have yet to race at either place. It is certainly very different to anything else I've done and I've been working hard on the sims to get as much information as possible. I'm lucky to have the use of the sims at Carlin and Red Bull Racing so I've been putting in plenty of seat time."
"Everyone keeps saying, 'don't crash, don't crash' so I think I've got the idea, there is certainly a lot of scenery to bump into and no run off so it is nothing like a normal track. It seems that you've got to have balls to be good round there but it's important not to rush into anything that's why the preparation is so important."
"As I have said before it is hard to pass in F3 the way things are at the moment, at least through the corners but at Macau there are also a number of straights so I think that is where the opportunities are."
"With the track having two very different halves, the straights along the sea front and the twisty section up the back, getting a set up that is perfect everywhere probably isn't going to happen so it will be a compromise. The Carlin guys know what they are doing, they've been there before so they will have it sorted and we do have a bit of track time."
"It's a stand alone race but it is hugely important, certainly much bigger than any of the other single races we have done this year, I'm looking forward to it," concluded Ilott.
Macau weekend schedule – all times CST (China Standard Time = CET +7)
Thursday November 19th
09:35 – 10:15 Practice
14:20 – 15:00 Qualifying
Friday November 20th
09:35 – 10:15 Practice
15:55 – 16:35 Qualifying
Saturday November 21st
13:45 – 14:45 Qualification Race - 10 laps
Sunday November 22nd
15:30 – 16:30 Macau Grand Prix – 15 laps
More Macau GP information - http://www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/cgpm/home/index.php?lang=en