Year by year, the tradition-rich Macau GP is the final Fórmula 3 race of the year, representing the unofficial world finale. And the grid for this year’s edition of the prestigious event that was won by future Fórmula 1 aces such as Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, in the past, once again will feature numerous FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship drivers.
It goes without saying that the new European Champion Esteban Ocon (SJM Theodore Racing by Prema) will be the spearhead of the FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship fraction on the grid. Last year, the Frenchman made his Fórmula 3 debut, at Macau’s demanding street circuit. And already then, the now 18-year old Frenchman delivered in fine style and convinced by setting fast lap times and finishing 10th. Just like Ocon, his toughest rivals in the championship also will travel to the South China Sea: Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), vice-champion behind Ocon, as well as Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Lucas Auer (Mücke Motorsport) also want to battle it out for the win, in Macau.
Altogether, 12 of the 15 best young FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship drivers will race in the former Portuguese colony, among them Tatiana Calderón (JZR/Mücke Motorsport). The 21-year old Colombian will be the first woman to contest the Macau GP since Cathy Muller back in 1983. Meanwhile, three FIA Fórmula 3 European Championship teams succeeded in signing prominent drivers, for the prestigious event: W66.com Double R Racing will be represented by Spain’s Fórmula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Roberto Merhi, Eurointernational relies on the services of Monaco’s GP2 driver Stefano Coletti and Signature will contest the race - as they did at Imola - with William Buller. Just as Merhi, the Briton also contested the 2014 Fórmula Renault 3.5 season.