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F3 European

Magnificent Macau calls for for Vips, Lawson and Tsunoda

Jüri Vips

#6 Jüri Vips (EST – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)

#8 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Hitech Grand Prix Mecachrome Dallara)

#20 Liam Lawson (NZL – MP Motorsport Mecachrome Dallara)

It is the 66th Macau Grand Prix and this year's FIA F3 World Cup has the makings of a classic. The three Red Bull Juniors, Liam Lawson, Yuki Tsunoda and Jüri Vips who contested the FIA F3 championship are all in with a chance of glory in the oriental Monaco that sits on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China.

Vips thrilled to return

"This is the race weekend I have been looking forward to all year, my favourite circuit by far, awesome," enthuses the 19-year-old Estonian who was unlucky not to do better than 7th in his debut last year.

Driving for Hitech Grand Prix as he has all season he arrived early, to get acclimatised and get the maximum out of the event. "The atmosphere of the place is wonderful and being the feature race is great but it really comes down to the circuit. That is the most important thing. The walls are so close, it is so demanding and exciting. As a driver you make a huge difference."

"The down side is that you can get tangled up in other people's mistakes and that is what happened to me last year, the pace was there, great potential but the result was not what it should have been."

"It will be interesting to see this year the effect of running the new car. I think that there is the potential for more accidents because it is so very hard to be precise with it."

One on Tsunoda's list

The 19-year-old flew in from Japan after just a day at home following his season in Europe. "It is my first time in Macau, last year I was just watching it on the computer but already I wanted to try it so coming here this year certainly achieves an important target for me."

"I have had some good time in the sim to learn the track but even more than with a normal track I think that a street circuit can be quite different in the car and I am very much looking forward to trying it," added the Honda Formula Dream Project member.

"Now I am driving for Hitech and we had a very good two day test in Valencia. I was very impressed with how serious and professional they are and I think it will be great to work with them in Macau."

Lawson's simulated fear

"It's the first time I've ever been scared on a sim!" grinned the 17-year-old New Zealander. "I'm nervous about it, my first time there so I know it will be very much a learning experience. It's new for the team as well so a lot for all of us to take in as a group."

"It's obviously an awesome place," continued the MP Motorsport driver. "You can have done street circuits like Pau but this is something else. A lot of drivers are in their second or third year and while I'm not going to be holding back too much, the points of going there is to get through the weekend and get a result."

"It will be interesting to see how qualifying works out with some people cooling down while others go fast because it's a long lap with not many passing possibilities. It is certainly a place where you will get effected by what other people do."


Macau weekend schedule – all times CST (China Standard Time – CET +7)
Thursday November 14th
10:05 ~ 10:45 Free Practice 1
14:30 ~ 15:10 Qualifying 1

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

Saturday November 16th
9:00 ~ 10:00 Qualifying Race (10 Laps)

Sunday November 17th
15:30 ~ 16:30 Macau Grand Prix (15 laps)