Macau GP – Formula 3 Races Round Up With Photos

Macau GP is the living proof that street tracks can offer lots of excitment. Powerful Formula 3 cars with less aero and more mechanical grid combined with with world collection of racing talent is a recipe for success. Unlike the Chinese F1 race in Shanghai, the Macau GP was pretty much a sell out with about 40,000 people filling up the few available grandstands and many more watching along the track or from the buildings overseeing the track. Unlike many F1 races, Macau GP actually has seen an increase in ticket sales !
Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis
(see the rest of the article for more photos)

The WTTC races were very exciting but the star event of the Macau GP is the Formula 3 International race. The very first Formula 3 race in Macau was won 25 years ago by Ayrton Senna. The 1990 Macau race saw a fight between Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher, with Hakkinen crashing out after some sort break test stunt from Schumi (see the video at the bottom of this post). Schumi went on to win that race. Ralf Schumacher, Takuma Sato are other F1 drivers with recent Macau win to their record.


The Qualifying race on Saturday looked at times like a slalom between the car debris :-) The first safety car was out on lap 2 after Esteban Guererri crashed. The yellow flags also prevented Oliver Jarvis to complete his overtaking attempt on the leader Marko Asmer. He hower overtook him on lap five after slipstreaming Asmer down the strait and going outside him at the Lisboa Bend. He kept the lead all the way till lap nine, when the race was redflagged. First Bruno Senna and Nico Hulkenberg crashed at the Manadrin bend, then Atte Mustonen hit the wall leaving the car debris all over and the car itself stranded in the middle of the track. The race results were based on the standings after lap 7. Oliver Jarvis won, ahead of Marko Asmer who sent a message in the direction of BMW Sauber boss Mario Theissen… The big victim of Saturday’s mayhem was Bruno Senna. His car was declared “dead” after his 250 km/h hour crash and he was unable to participate in the main race on Sunday.

Sunday race started with Oliver Jarvis on pole ahead of Marko Asmer. Jarvis got away quickly, Asmer lost the position to Oshima and also to Sam Bird. He howver reclaimed the 3rd from Bird a lap later. It all looked pretty much set until Frank Mailleux crashed at Moorish Hill. The safety car erased the gaps between the cars. Oliver Jarvis managed the restart well and kept his lead. Oshima followed him but Asmer lost his 3rd place to Kodai Tsukakoshi. On lap 13 Tsukakoshi overtook Oshima as well. It looked for a while like he went on to chase Jarvis down but that hasn’t happened. Jonathan Kennard hit the tyre wall towards the end of the race, but his car was recovered without any disturbance to the race (photos below the article) and Jarvis went on to win the race ahead of Tsukakoshi and Reckless Tom’s team mate Oshima.

Here are words from the winner:

“My aim was to put my foot down and get away. A few choice words came to me (when the safety car came out). I won’t say what they were. But I remained cool. This is Macau and we all know that this race very rarely ends without the safety car coming on. I knew the re-start would be crucial and luckily I got away comfortably and maintained my lead.

This is the biggest win of my career and I hope it will help open some doors. I really don’t know what I will do next year. Budgets are a problem but I hope I can approach some teams with this title under my belt.

“It is great to beat such a competitive field. There were champions from all over Europe for this prestigious event. Everyone wants to win Macau and I’m glad I did it. Now my dream would be to secure a test drive in F1.”

Here are some photos from the action on Sunday (morning warm up and the afternoon race). I am sorry they are all from pretty much the same angle, but it is not that easy to take photos in the confined space of Macau track and grandstands.
van der Zande
van der Zande

van der Zande
van der Zande

Jakes
James Jakes

Avila
Rodolfo Avila

van Dam
Carlo van Dam

Michael Ho
Michael Ho

Buemi
Sebastien Buemi

Macau F3
Formula 3 in Macau

Mortara
Edoardo Mortara

Tsukakoshi
Kodai Tsukakoshi

Tsukakoshi
Kodai Tsukakoshi

Tsukakoshi
Kodai Tsukakoshi

Jelley
Stephen Jelley

Asmer
Marko Asmer

Bird
Sam Bird

Jakes
James Jakes

Buemi
Sebastien Buemi

Bird
Sam Bird

Izawa
Takuya Izawa

Macau F3
Formula 3 in Macau

Macau F3
Formula 3 in Macau

Bird
Sam Bird

Buurman
Yelmer Buurman

Roberto Streit
Roberto Streit

Tsukakoshi
Kodai Tsukakoshi

Tsukakoshi
Kodai Tsukakoshi

Kennard
Jonathan Kennard

Hartley
Brendon Hartley

Avila
Rodolfo Avila

Merszei
Jo Merszei

Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg

Grosjean
Romain Grosjean

Lei Kit Meng
Leu Kit Meng

Lisboa Bend
Lisboa Bend

Lisboa Bend
Lisboa Bend

Lisboa Bend
Lisboa Bend

Lisboa Bend
Lisboa Bend

Lisboa Bend
Lisboa Bend

Lisboa Bend
Lisboa Bend

Macau F3
Formula 3 in Macau

Asmer
Marko Asmer

Asmer and Bird
Marko Asmer and Sam Bird

Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis

Tsukakoshi
Kodai Tsukakoshi

Buemi
Sebastien Buemi

Macau F3
Formula 3 in Macau

Safety Car
Safety Car

Lei Kit Meng
Lei Kit Meng

Grosjean
Romain Grosjean

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg

Kobayashi
Kamui Kobayashi

Guerrieri
Esteban Guerrieri

van der Zande
Renger van der Zande

Michael Ho
Michael Ho

Safety Car
Safety Car

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Kennard
Stephen Kennard

Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis

If you like to see some video footage from Macau GP, head on to the Macau GP official site, they already have several videos available there. I wish Bernie took some notice …

And here is the video mentioned at the top of the post - Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher, Macau GP 1990:

2 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ShaunNo Gravatar says:

    Nice article and great photos, you take them?

    Interesting to watch the Schumacher – Hakkinen race too, strategic brake test maybe?

    Added your site to my blogroll

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    yes, I took these. they are not that good actually as it is really difficult to find a good spot for photo shooting in Macau, unless you are an official photographer :-)

    thanks for the blog roll, you are here as well :-)

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