Macau Grand Prix

The most prestigious race in Formula 3.

 

The race through the urban canyons of Macau is often akin to a game of roulette: who dares, can win – but even the smallest mistake is punished mercilessly. The race is the most extreme on the Formula 3 calendar and, thanks to the particularly high standard on display, has spawned countless motorsport superstars.


Volkswagen victories at the Formula 3 Grand Prix

Year Driver (Nation) Vehicle
1984 John Nielsen (DK) Ralt RT3 Volkswagen
1985 Maurício Gugelmin (BR) Ralt RT30 Volkswagen
1986 Andy Wallace (GB) Reynard 863 Volkswagen
1989 David Brabham (AUS) Ralt RT33 Volkswagen
1990 Michael Schumacher (D) Reynard 903 Volkswagen
2009 Edoardo Mortara (I) Dallara F309 Volkswagen
2010 Edoardo Mortara (I) Dallara F309 Volkswagen
2012 António Félix da Costa (P) Dallara F312 Volkswagen
2016 António Félix da Costa (P) Dallara F312 Volkswagen
2017 Daniel Ticktum (GB) Dallara F312 Volkswagen

2017


What a finish!

Extreme tension to the finish. Daniel Ticktum (GB) from the Volkswagen customer team Motopark with VEB has recorded a surprising and historic win at the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau. The British driver only moved into the lead from third place on the home stretch after Volkswagen drivers Ferdinand Habsburg (A/Carlin) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR/Motopark) had slid into the tyre wall whilst battling for the lead on the final turn. Habsburg was able to continue and claim fourth place, but Sette Câmara had to retire. Formula 3 European champion Lando Norris (GB/Carlin) crossed the finish line behind Ticktum to complete the one-two result for Volkswagen. Third place went to Ralf Aron (EST/Dallara-Mercedes). This was the tenth win for Volkswagen as an engine manufacturer at the official FIA Formula 3 World Cup.

“This Macau Grand Prix really did have everything a motorsport fan could ask for,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The stars of tomorrow showed all their driving skills today. Daniel Ticktum carried on fighting right to the end and was rewarded after a turbulent race. Congratulations to him and his Team Motopark with VEB! This year, the Volkswagen drivers continued to be a great advert for this sport – including Ferdinand Habsburg and Sérgio Sette Câmara, who fought out a thrilling duel to the final turn and showed immense will to win.”

Nothing but thrills: tight battle for supremacy “powered by Volkswagen”

Volkswagen drivers were always involved in the battles for the leading positions at the 64th edition of the street race in the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macau. Joel Eriksson (S/Motopark) went past polesitter Callum llott (GB/Dallara-Mercedes) from the start. However, both drivers missed their braking points shortly thereafter and fell back down the order. This benefited Volkswagen driver Sette Câmara, who now moved into the lead ahead of Maximilian Günther (D/Dallara-Mercedes) and Habsburg. Lando Norris, starting from seventh place, had worked his way up to fourth position by this stage. While Sette Câmara was able to defend his slender lead and fend off the attacks mounted by Günther, Habsburg lay in wait behind Günther and produced a nice manoeuvre to overtake the German driver. Another Volkswagen driver provided a further highlight. Daniel Ticktum, who would go on to win the race, pulled out of Norris’ slipstream on the long straight of the penultimate lap, overtaking the British driver and Günther, who was on the inside, to take third place. A decisive manoeuvre on the way to victory in Macau.

A varied starting field at the highlight of the season: six Volkswagen drivers in the top ten

The Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau was a success all the way down the line for Volkswagen: a total of twelve young drivers were competing with Dallara chassis “powered by Volkswagen”. Six of these made it into the top ten. In addition to Norris in third and Habsburg in fourth place, Sacha Fenestraz (BR/Carlin) crossed the line in seventh, followed by Tadasuke Makino (J/Motopark) in ninth and Jehan Daruvala (IND/Carlin) in tenth. Despite his accident on the final turn, Sérgio Sette Câmara was awarded 13th place, but Devlin Defrancesco (GB/Carlin), Yuhi Sekiguchi (J/B-Max Racing), Kenta Yamashita (J/B-Max Racing), Joel Eriksson and Marino Sato (J/Motopark) did not see the chequered flag.



Ouotes

Daniel Ticktum (GB/Motopark), Dallara-Volkswagen #18

“That was an unbelievable race! Beforehand, I would have been delighted with a podium finish. It looked very much like that during the final laps. On the final turn I thought, ‘Great, I’m second now’ and then I spotted Habsburg in the wall. Suddenly, I was in first place. I couldn’t believe it when I crossed the finishing line. An unbelievable feeling.”

Lando Norris (GB, Carlin), Dallara-Volkswagen #1
“Of course, we came to Macau to win and so I am a bit disappointed. But the team did a good job and provided me with a good car. The weekend was a lot of fun, despite everything, and I am looking forward to coming back to Macau. “

2016


Félix da Costa and Volkswagen win the Formula 3 race of the year.

He does it again – young Volkswagen driver António Félix da Costa (P, Carlin) repeated his 2012 performance to win the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau for the second time in his career. Edoardo Mortara (I) also won in 2009 and 2010, meaning that the Portuguese racer is just the second Volkswagen driver to be represented twice on the list of winners in the inofficial Formula 3 world championship. Engine supplier Volkswagen has now recorded nine wins - no other manufacturer has enjoyed more success in the 63 editions of the road race in the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macau. The second-best Volkswagen driver was Félix da Costa’s team-mate Sérgio Sette Câmara (BRA, Carlin), who finished the race in third place.

“The Macau Grand Prix is a real highlight for our young drivers at this early stage in their career,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “António Félix Da Costa has made history today. You need to show real driving skill to win on the street circuit in Macau. So it’s even more impressive for a driver to win there twice. He and Edoardo Mortara are the only Volkswagen drivers to have managed this. I salute them and I’m proud that the nine wins mean that Volkswagen remains the most successful engine supplier.”

Comeback win: Félix da Costa recovers from a bad start to battle back to the top

Things were not looking good for Félix da Costa at the start of the race, which had just been granted official World Cup status by the world governing body of motor sport, the FIA. The Portuguese driver had started from pole position but fluffed his start and was passed by his team-mate Câmara. He then pulled away from the rest of the field before the first of three safety car phases put paid to Câmara’s ambitions. After an unsuccessful restart on lap seven of 15, the two Carlin drivers swapped positions: the champion-to-be took the lead, while his team-mate was occupied by the challenge of Felix Rosenqvist (S, Dallara Mercedes). One lap before the end, he took second place from Câmara, but there was insufficient race time remaining for him to chalk up a Swedish victory. Rosenqvist, also a two-time Macau winner, had to leave the top of the podium to Félix da Costa, who is the first driver to have reclaimed the Macau title after taking a break from the series. This also meant that Rosenqvist missed out on his third consecutive Macau triumph.

Convincing performance in Macau from wide range of drivers “powered by Volkswagen”

In addition to Félix da Costa and Câmara, eight other drivers competed with Volkswagen power in Macau. Two other Carlin drivers from Great Britain provided a surprise. Jake Hughes started the race in tenth place and crossed the line in sixth. His compatriot Lando Norris just missed out on the top ten, finishing in eleventh position. Aged just 17 years and 7 days, Norris was the youngest Volkswagen driver in Sunday’s race and won a total of three Formula championships in the season just finished. The reigning rookie champion in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Joel Eriksson (S, Team Motopark), had to be content with 23rd position.



Quotes

António Félix da Costa (P, Carlin) Dallara Volkswagen #29

“Maybe winning for the second time feels even better than the first one. I was not meant to drive an F3 car this year. It was a super-late call, I did only two days of testing. I came here with a car that doesn’t have a single sponsor. Trevor (Carlin) said that he would try to find a sponsor for me, but I told him: ‘You know what, I love this race, I’ll come and do it anyway’. I was really thrilled. Today was the only time of the month when I put pressure on myself, but I had a feeling that I could pull it off. I have been through a rough season, attracting bad things all year, but the last three months have been really good: I was on pole in DTM, Formula E was good and to win here now is just amazing!”

Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR, Carlin), Dallara Volkswagen #27
“For me, it is a great feeling to lead a race like this. Since yesterday night, I was thinking that I could maybe win Macau. We found something in the car after yesterday’s race and I thought that I may be on it. It was looking really good for me. António was really on it, and so was Felix. It was really nice to watch the battle between them, especially from inside the car. I am very happy. I hoped for a good result at Macau. I was eleventh in the FIA F3 European Championship this year, but that doesn’t reflect my potential, as I had a lot of technical problems. Third place in a race like this should help my chances for next year and I should finalise my plans within the next few days.”


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Team Time Laps
1 António Felix Da Costa (P) Carlin (Volkswagen) 37:57.447 15
2 Felix Rosenqvist (S) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 37:59.050 15
3 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR) Carlin (Volkswagen) 38:00.641 15
4 Kenta Yamashita (J) ThreeBond with T-Sport 38:01.309 15
5 Callum Ilott (GB) Van Amersfoort Racing 38:01.795 15
6 Jake Hughes (GB) Carlin (Volkswagen) 38:03.638 15
7 George Russell (GB) Hitech GP 38:04.474 15
8 Daniel Juncadella (E) Hitech GP 38:05.287 15
9 Pedro Piquet (BR) Van Amersfoort Racing 38:06.808 15
10 Alexander Sims (GB) Double R Racing 38:08.741 15
11 Lando Norris (GB) Carlin (Volkswagen) 38:10.487 15
12 Chang Wing Chung (CHN) ThreeBond with T-Sport 38:12.548 15
13 Anthoine Hubert (F) Van Amersfoort Racing 38:12.967 15
14 Tadasuke Makino (J) Toda Racing 38:15.121 15
15 Guanyu Zhou (CHN) Motopark (Volkswagen) 38:15.360 15
16 Sho Tsuboi (J) Team TOM'S 38:15.977 15
17 Sam Macleod (GB) Fortec Motorsport 38:16.528 15
18 Keyvan Andres Soori (D) kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 38:17.419 15
19 David Beckmann (D) kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 38:17.772 15
20 Jann Mardenborough (GB) B-Max Racing Team (Volkswagen) 38:20.342 15
21 Arjun Maini (IND) Motopark (Volkswagen) 38:45.796 15
22 Daiki Sasaki (J) B-Max Racing Team (Volkswagen) 33:49.698 13
Not Classified        
- Joel Eriksson (S) Motopark (Volkswagen) 39:38.876 11
- Nick Cassidy (NZ) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 22:30.100 9
- Daniel Ticktum (GB) Double R Racing 19:13.310 7
- Ferdinand Habsburg (A) Fortec Motorsport 15:46.898 6
- Maximilian Günther (D) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 10:06.969 4
- Nikita Mazepin (RUS) Hitech GP 6:57.748 3

Fastest Lap: Felix Rosenqvist (S) 2:11.080 = 168.08 km/h

 

 

2015


Rookie Leclerc claims shock second place.

Volkswagen driver Charles Leclerc (MC) produced an impressive display to finish runner-up on the winding, crash barrier-lined streets of Macau. The 18-year-old rookie missed out on victory at the iconic Formula 3 Grand Prix in the gambling paradise by just 1.1 seconds. The youngster from the Van Amersfoort Racing team was embroiled in a thrilling duel with Felix Rosenqvist (Dallara-Mercedes) for the full 15-lap race on Sunday. The European Formula 3 champion from Sweden successfully defended the title he won last year. With eight wins to its name, Volkswagen remains the most successful Formula 3 engine supplier in the history of the Macau Grand Prix.

    

Another driver who could hold his head up high after the highlight of the Formula 3 season in Macau’s concrete jungle was fourth-placed Antonio Giovinazzi. The Italian from the Carlin team, “powered by Volkswagen”, finished first in Saturday’s qualifying race. However, a 20-second penalty resulted in the man who finished runner-up in the European Championship losing his pole position and starting from down in tenth on the grid. Despite the 6.2-kilometre street circuit offering few overtaking opportunities, Giovinazzi launched a spectacular fightback that propelled him into fourth place, less than a second from claiming a spot on the podium. He was followed over the line by Germany’s Markus Pommer of the Motopark team. As such, three drivers with the Formula 3 engine from Wolfsburg finished in the top five.

 

The Volkswagen trio played a major role in what was an entertaining race – particularly Charles Leclerc, who stunned the experts with a number of spectacular manoeuvres on his debut in Macau. The teenager passed pole-sitter Rosenqvist on the outside coming into the Lisboa corner on the opening lap. The Swede fought back at the start of the second lap, but Leclerc passed him again at the same spot. The race was then red-flagged following a collision. 

 

Rosenqvist, boasting a wealth of experience in Macau, passed Leclerc at the re-start on lap four. For the rest of the race, the two drivers were embroiled in a thrilling duel, each clocking fastest laps. In the end, Leclerc had to settle for a creditable second place. His team-mate Alessio Lorandi (I) was also among the front-runners, finishing seventh. On the final lap, Brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara of the Motopark team set the fastest Formula 3 race lap in the history of Macau, clocking a time of 2:10.186 minutes.

 

That rounded off a strong performance from the Volkswagen drivers in this year’s Formula 3 season. The 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship yielded twelve wins, 46 podium finishes and 171 top-ten results, “powered by Volkswagen”.


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Team Time Laps
1 Felix Rosenqvist (S) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 36:25.280 15
2 Charles Leclerc (MC) Van Amersfoort Racing 36:26.448 15
3 Alexander Sims (GB) Double R Racing 36:30.355 15
4 Antonio Giovinazzi (I) Carlin with LC8.com 36:31.228 15
5 Markus Pommer (D) Motopark 36:36.983 15
6 Santino Ferrucci (USA) Kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 36:42.143 15
7 Alessio Lorandi (I) Van Amersfoort Racing 36:44.055 15
8 Lance Stroll (CDN) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 36:47.826 15
9 Jake Dennis (GB) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 36:49.635 15
10 Arjun Maini (IND) Three Bond with T-Sport 36:50.143 15
11 Dorian Boccolacci (F) Signature 36:53.539 15
12 Nick Cassidy (NZ) Tom's 36:54.151 15
13 Alexander Albon (T) Signature 36:55.535 15
14 Chang Wing Chung (MAC) Fortec Motorsport 36:58.071 15
15 Kenta Yamashita (J) Tom's 36:58.826 15
16 Yuki Sekiguchi (J) B-Max Racing Team 36:59.434 15
17 Martin Hongwei Cao (CN) Fortec Motorsports 37:12.355 15
18 Matthew Solomon (HK) Double R Racing 37:12.649 15
19 Mikkel Jensen (DK) Kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 37:14.520 15
20 Sam Macleod (GB) Team West-Tec F3 37:22.344 15
21 Li Zhi Cong (CN) Jo Zeller Racing 37:42.253 15
22 Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR) Motopark 38:25.959 15
Not Classified        
- Callum Ilott (GB) Carlin 23:57.373 9
- Yu Kanamaru (J) Carlin 33:13.219 8
- Gustavo Menezes (USA) Carlin -  
- Mitsunori Takaboshi (J) B-Max Racing Team -  
- Ryan Tveter (USA) Team West-Tec F3 -  

Fastest lap: Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR) 2:10.186 = 169.23 km/h

2014


Verstappen best Volkswagen driver in Macau.

 

Dutch driver Max Verstappen, who will become the youngest driver in Formula One history when he lines up for the Toro Rosso team next year, was the best-placed driver with a Volkswagen engine in his Formula 3 car at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix. 

 

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver started Sunday’s main race from the back of the grid, after crashing in the qualifying race on Saturday. Verstappen fought back impressively over the course of the eventful, 15-lap race and crossed the finish line in seventh place. Despite the demanding street circuit being regarded as a difficult track to overtake on, he was still able to make up no fewer than 17 positions. Verstappen also clocked the fastest race lap. “I had obviously hoped for more from my first outing in Macau. However, following my mistake in yesterday’s race, this was a nice way to end the weekend,” said Verstappen after the race.

 

Third place on the grid meant the best hopes of one of the XXX drivers “powered by Volkswagen” claiming a top result at the most important international Formula 3 invitational race of the year lay with Britain’s Tom Blomqvist. However, Blomqvist’s race came to a premature end after a collision on the opening lap. This triggered a chain reaction, which resulted in five drivers taking an early bath. The debris on the track caused the race to be suspended. Max Verstappen’s car was also damaged in the incident, but he was at least able to make it back to the grid, where his team repaired the car and sent him back out to continue his fightback.

 

When the race resumed, Jordan King was initially the best-placed driver with a Volkswagen Formula 3 engine. However, the Brit also collided with a rival shortly after the restart and was forced to retire. Whilst all this was going on, Max Verstappen was busy making up one place after another and had already climbed into the top ten by the ninth lap. By the end of the race he had overtaken another three cars and crossed the finish line in seventh place. His American team-mate Gustavo Menezes also produced a fine display, finishing tenth on his Macau debut. Menezes was followed over the line in eleventh place by another Volkswagen Power driver – the reigning champion in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup, Markus Pommer. The remaining two drivers from the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin team, Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael, came home twelfth and 15th in their Volkswagen-powered cars.


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Team Time Laps
1 Felix Rosenqvist (S) Kashbet.com by Mucke M.sport 1:08:46.691 15
2 Lucas Auer (A) Kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport 1:08:51.063 15
3 Nick Cassidy (NZ) Three Bond with T-Sport 1:08:55.690 15
4 Roberto Mehri (E) W66.com Double R Racing 1:08:56.490 15
5 Nicholas Latifi (CDN) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 1:08:57.104 15
6 Stefano Coletti (MC) EuroInternational 1:09:10.691 15
7 Max Verstappen (NL) Van Amersfoort Racing 1:09:11.146 15
8 Santino Ferrucci (USA) Fortec Motorsports 1:09:17.772 15
9 Kenta Yamashita (J) Tom's 1:09:21.025 15
10 Gustavo Menezes (USA) Van Amersfoort Racing 1:09:21.937 15
11 Markus Pommer (D) Motopark 1:09:23.267 15
12 Antonio Giovinazzi (I) Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:09:24.010 15
13 Tatiana Calderon (COL) JZR Mucke Motorsport 1:09:28.621 15
14 Will Buller (GB) Signature 1:09:30.677 15
15 Sean Gelael (RI) Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1:09:31.663 15
16 Alex Palou (E) Fortec Motorsports 1:09:34.754 15
17 Dan Wells (GB) Toda Racing 1:09:39.415 15
18 Mitsunori Takaboshi (J) B-Max Racing Team 1:09:43.725 15
19 Chang Wing Chung (MAC) Team West-Tec F3 1:09:55.025 15
20 Sam Macleod (GB) Tom's 1:10:36.681 15
21 Felix Serralles (PRI) Team West-Tec F3 1:11:01.132 15
Not Classified        
Antonio Fuoco (I) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 1:00:54.465 11
Jordan King (GB) GR Asia with Carlin 42:25:252 3
Tom Blomqvist (GB) Jagonya Ayam with Carlin  
Esteban Ocon (F) SJM Theodore Racing by Prema  
Martin Cao (CN) Fortec Motorsports  
Yu Kanamaru (J) Carlin  
Richard Goddard (AUS) Three Bond with T-Sport  

Fastest lap: Max Verstappen (NL) 2:11.748 = 167.228 km/h

2013


António Félix da Costa came home second to claim his second podium in two years.

For many years, the ‘Macau Grand Prix’ has been regarded as the most important Formula 3 race in the world. Anyone who achieves a good result here is well set to advance up the motorsport career ladder. Volkswagen was once again involved as an engine supplier when the prestigious street race through the former Portuguese colony was held for the 60th time. Five of the six drivers in the British Carlin team, who lined up with Volkswagen Formula 3 Power, finished in the top ten at the end of the 15-lap race. Last year’s winner António Félix da Costa came home second to claim his second podium in two years.

“Macau is incredible,” raved António Félix da Costa. “You line up alongside 30 of the top Formula 3 drivers, the Chinese perform their traditional dragon dance, the governor personally shakes hands with all the drivers, and you have packed grandstands…it is enough to give you goosebumps just thinking about it.” It is with good reason that the Portuguese driver views last year’s victory as one of his greatest motorsport successes to date. After back-to-back victories for Italian Edoardo Mortara in 2008 and 2009, the triumph in 2012 was Volkswagen’s third success in four years as an engine supplier in Macau. “I have not been driving Formula 3 this year, but obviously said ‘yes’ straight away when Team Principal Trevor Carlin asked me whether I would like to drive in Macau again,” said the 22-year-old. “I think any driver would be happy to return to Macau – especially with the number one on their car.”

Félix da Costa was joined on the grid by a further five drivers with Volkswagen Formula 3 engines: Spain’s Carlos Sainz jr., Brits Harry Tincknell and Jordan King, Canadian Nicholas Latifi and Malaysia’s Jazeman Jaafar. “This race is very prestigious,” stressed Sainz, the son of the two-time World Rally Champion. “Just take a look at the list of drivers who have won here in the past: Senna, Schumacher, Coulthard... It is hard to imagine a better reference for the rest of your motorsport career.” While team-mates Félix da Costa, Sainz, Tincknell and Jaafar had all raced in Macau on at least one occasion, this year’s race was the first outing on the infamous street circuit for Jordan King and Nicholas Latifi. Latifi summed up his impression: “Absolute madness. Not only the racetrack, which is an epic mixture of a full-throttle section and a winding passage through the hilly area of the city, but also the casino city of Macau. You have to see it to believe it!”

The Carlin team came up just short of repeating last year’s overall victory, but second place for António Félix da Costa, followed by Jordan King, Jazeman Jaafar and Carlos Sainz jr. in positions five to seven, as well as Nicholas Latifi in ninth place meant five of the six Carlin drivers finished inside the top ten. A noteworthy team result, to say the least. Harry Tincknell crossed the finish line 14th. “I would obviously have liked to win again, but at least I was up there with the front-runners all weekend,” said António Félix da Costa after the race. “As such, I am happy with second place this time around.” Fifth-placed Jordan King was the top debutant at the 60th Macau Grand Prix, and received a special award for his efforts. “It goes without saying that I want to come back next year,” he added. “Macau has some kind of magic appeal.”


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Team Time Laps
1 Alex Lynn (GB) Prema Dallara-Mercedes 37m37.975s 15
2 Antonio Felix da Costa (P) Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +1.173 15
3 Pipo Derani (BR) Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +6.795 15
4 Alexander Sims (D) T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +8.203 15
5 Jordan King (GB) Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +9.573 15
6 Jazeman Jaafar (MAL) Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +15.547 15
7 Carlos Sainz Jr (E) Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +16.976 15
8 Tom Blomqvist (GB) Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +26.160 15
9 Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +29.288 15
10 Esteban Ocon (F) Prema Dallara-Mercedes +30.914 15
11 Yuhi Sekiguchi (J) Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +32.854 15
12 Yuichi Nakayama (J) TOM'S Dallara-Toyota +33.790 15
13 Will Buller (GB) Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +34.265 15
14 Harry Tincknell (GB) Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +36.532 15
15 Katsumasa Chiyo (J) B-Max Dallara-Toyota +36.902 15
16 Antonio Giovinazzi (I) Double R Dallara-Mercedes +37.584 15
17 Nelson Mason (CDN) Zeller Dallara-Mercedes +39.877 15
18 Dennis van de Laar (NL) Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +1:01.651 15
19 Ed Jones (UAE) Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +1:29.025 15
NOT CLASSIFIED        
Lucas Wolf (D) URD Dallara-Mercedes 14
Kevin Korjus (EST) Double R Dallara-Mercedes 13
Raffaele Marciello (I) Prema Dallara-Mercedes 9
Stefano Coletti (I) Eurointernational Dallara-Mercedes 7
Sun Zheng (CN) Double R Dallara-Mercedes 6
Lucas Auer (A) Prema Dallara-Mercedes  
John Bryant-Meisner (S) Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  
Sean Gelael (RI) Double R Dallara-Mercedes  
Felix Rosenqvist (S) Mucke Dallara-Mercedes  

Fastest lap: Jordan King (GB) 2:11.547 = 167.48 km/h

 

2012


Félix da Costa conquers Macau.

António Félix da Costa has hit the Formula 3 jackpot. In the gambler’s paradise of Macau, the 21-year-old man from Portugal masterfully won the 59th Grand Prix on the unique Guia street circuit in the Dallara F312 Volkswagen – and proved himself worthy of higher challenges. With its eighth success in the unofficial Formula 3 world championship, Volkswagen also set a new best as an engine constructor. The Italian Edoardo Mortara has recently stood on the highest step of the podium with his double win in Macau ‘powered by Volkswagen’ in 2009 and 2010. This time, the current DTM driver won the GT Cup.

Always in control of the race

Only once, very briefly, did he have to give way to somebody else – otherwise it was plain sailing for António Félix da Costa. Starting the race from pole position, he may have been given the slip at the start by the Swede Felix Rosenqvist, but da Costa was lying in wait on the long straights and in the slipstream on the fast right bend by the Hotel Mandarin Oriental. Before they reached the narrow, most dangerous part of the circuit, the man from Portugal finally took the lead during a braking manoeuvre at Lisboa Corner. Even after a safety car phase from round four, he never lost sight of the lead and drove to an eighth Macau victory for Volkswagen. After 15 laps of the unique street circuit in the former Portuguese colony, da Costa crossed the finish line with a lead of 1.573 seconds.

What had looked so simple from the outside was, in fact, hard work. ‘I was pushing myself to the limit the whole time, drove 15 laps practically without making a mistake and I am really delighted,’ said da Costa. ‘The last two rounds in particular were highly emotional. That was the biggest success in my career to date. I would like to thank Team Carlin and Volkswagen.’ António Félix da Costa had already secured third place in the GP3 Series this year.

A strong team performance

With Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz Jr and Will Buller, three further drivers rounded off an impressive performance for Volkswagen by finishing in the top ten. Nasr, who finished second in Macau the previous year, gained four places in the race to finish fifth. Carlos Sainz Jr, da Costa’s teammate at Carlin, stalled the engine at the start and began in 13th place, before battling through the field with a strong driving performance to finish seventh. Sainz Jr was subsequently a little annoyed: ‘I should have got more out of it. The speed was there; maybe even a podium finish would have been possible.’ Carlin driver Will Buller came tenth; the German Daniel Abt, also from Team Carlin, improved on his starting position in 15th place to finish in twelfth place.

The most successful constructor

Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito: ‘Congratulations to António Félix da Costa and Team Carlin on their win in Macau – that was a really strong performance by the whole team in the most famous Formula 3 race in the world. Thanks to a total of eight wins in this Formula 3 Grand Prix, which was held this year for the 30th time, Volkswagen is now the most successful constructor in this race.’


Overall result

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Time Laps
1 António Félix da Costa / POR Dallara F312 Volkswagen 38:02.845 15
2 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE Dallara F312 Mercedes + 1.573 15
3 Alex Lynn / GBR Dallara F312 Mercedes + 2.486 15
4 Pascal Wehrlein / GER Dallara F312 Mercedes + 3.471 15
5 Felipe Nasr / BRA Dallara F312 Volkswagen + 9.127 15
6 Pipo Derani / BRA Dallara F312 Mercedes + 11.043 15
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. / ESP Dallara F312 Volkswagen + 11.417 15
8 Raffaele Marciello / ITA Dallara F312 Mercedes + 14.376 15
9 Harry Tincknell / GBR Dallara F312 Mercedes + 16.944 15
10 William Buller / GBR Dallara F312 Volkswagen + 21.650 15
11 Jimmy Eriksson / SWE Dallara F312 Mercedes HWA + 22.955 15
12 Daniel Abt / GER Dallara F312 Volkswagen + 24.025 15
13 Kevin Korjus / EST Dallara F312 Mercedes HWA + 24.632 15
14 Hideki Yamauchi / JPN Dallara F312 Toyota + 26.502 15
15 Alexander Sims / GBR Dallara F312 ThreeBond Nissan + 26.757 15
16 Jazeman Jaafar / MAS Dallara F312 Toyota + 27.834 15
17 Tom Blomqvist / GBR Dallara F312 Volkswagen + 28.565 15
18 Mitchell Gilbert / AUS Dallara F312 Mercedes + 31.899 15
19 Sven Müller / GER Dallara F312 Mercedes + 32.744 15
20 Félix Serrallés / PUR Dallara F312 Mercedes + 33.276 15
21 Yuichi Nakayama / JPN Dallara F312 Toyota + 47.525 15
22 Andrea Roda / ITA Dallara F312 Mercedes + 59.222 15
not classified Luís Sá Silva / ANG Dallara F312 Mercedes 0:00.000 14
not classified Dennis van de Laar / NED Dallara F312 Volkswagen 0:00.000 14
not classified Ryo Hirakawa / JPN Dallara F312 Toyota 0:00.000 12
not classified Lucas Auer / AUT Dallara F312 Volkswagen 0:00.000 12
not classified Jack Harvey / GBR Dallara F312 Volkswagen 0:00.000 12
not classified Daniel Juncadella / ESP Dallara F312 Mercedes 0:00.000 2
not classified Hannes van Asseldonk / NED Dallara F312 Mercedes 0:00.000 1
not classified Lucas Wolf / GER Dallara F312 Mercedes 0:00.000  

2011



Overall result

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Time Laps
1 Daniel Juncadella / ESP Dallara F309 Mercedes HWA 42:17.099 15
2 Felipe Nasr / BRA Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 0.359 15
3 Marco Wittmann / GER Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 0.662 15
4 Yuhi Sekiguchi / JPN Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 1.378 15
5 Hannes van Asseldonk / NED Dallara F310 Volkswagen + 2.128 15
6 William Buller / GBR Dallara F311 Mercedes HWA + 3.301 15
7 Lucas Foresti / BRA Dallara F311 Mercedes HWA + 3.860 15
8 Jazeman Jaafar / MAS Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 4.062 15
9 Richard Bradley / GBR Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 4.595 15
10 Adderly Fong / HKG Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 4.819 15
11 Pietro Fantin / BRA Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 5.551 15
12 Kimiya Sato / JPN Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 6.534 15
13 Carlos Huertas / COL Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 8.336 15
14 Kevin Magnussen / DEN Dallara F308 Volkswagen 35:17.778 13
15 Hideki Yamauchi / JPN Dallara F308 Honda-Toda 35:19.910 13
16 Hywel Lloyd / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 35:20.301 13
17 Carlos Sainz Jr. / ESP Dallara F309 Volkswagen 35:20.654 13
18 Alexander Sims / GBR Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S 35:21.066 13
19 Marko Asmer / EST Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 36:21.069 13
not classified António Félix da Costa / POR Dallara F310 Volkswagen 34:16.891 12
not classified Carlos Muñoz / COL Dallara F308 Volkswagen 26:22.189 9
not classified Felix Rosenqvist / SWE Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 17:32.600 6
not classified Valtteri Bottas / FIN Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 12:47.359 4
not classified Mitch Evans / NZL Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 12:56.458 4
not classified Roberto Merhi / ITA Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 3:23.980 1
not classified Daniel Abt / GER Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Richie Stanaway / NZL Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Laurens Vanthoor / BEL Dallara F309 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Hironobu Yasuda / JPN Dallara F309 Nissan 0:00.000  
not classified Jimmy Eriksson / SWE Dallara F308 Volkswagen

2010



Overall result

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Time Laps
1 Edoardo Mortara / ITA Dallara F308 Volkswagen 39:30.753 15
2 Laurens Vanthoor / BEL Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 2.120 15
3 Valtteri Bottas / FIN Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 3.156 15
4 Marco Wittmann / GER Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 6.230 15
5 Renger van der Zande / NED Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 10.631 15
6 Antonio Felix-da-Costa / POR Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 13.173 15
7 Jean-Eric Vergne / FRA Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 16.508 15
8 Roberto Merhi / ITA Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 19.313 15
9 Felix Rosenqvist / SWE Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 20.343 15
10 Carlos Huertas / COL Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 21.362 15
11 Felipe Nasr / BRA Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 22.994 15
12 Alexandre Imperatori / SUI Dallara F308 Honda-Toda + 23.926 15
13 Hideki Yamauchi / JPN Dallara F308 Toyota + 25.486 15
14 Jazeman Jaafar / MAS Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 25.989 15
15 William Buller / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 31.563 15
16 Yuji Kunimoto / JPN Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 36.143 15
17 Rafael Suzuki / BRA Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 36.621 15
18 Oliver Webb / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 41.413 15
19 James Calado / GBR Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 41.753 15
20 Yuhi Sekiguchi / JPN Dallara F308 Nissan + 46.198 15
21 Adderly Fong / HKG Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 46.336 15
22 Lucas Foresti / BRA Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 46.731 15
23 Hywel Lloyd / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA + 49.720 15
24 Kimiya Sato / JPN Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 52.555 15
not classified Daniel Abt / GER Dallara F308 Volkswagen 7:19.359 2
not classified Daniel Juncadella / ESP Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 0:00.000  
not classified Rio Haryanto / INA Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 0:00.000  
not classified Carlos Muñoz / COL Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Michael Ho / MAC Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 0:00.000  
not classified Alexander Sims / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes HWA 0:00.000  

2009


Outstanding victory for Volkswagen.


Overall result

Position Driver / Nation Vehicle Time Laps
1 Edoardo Mortara / ITA Dallara F308 Volkswagen 53:07.769 15
2 Jean-Karl Vernay / FRA Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 1.146 15
3 Sam Bird / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes + 10.982 15
4 Marcus Ericsson / SWE Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 14.988 15
5 Valtteri Bottas / FIN Dallara F308 Mercedes + 19.188 15
6 Takuto Iguchi / JPN Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 21.406 15
7 Renger van der Zande / NED Dallara F308 Mercedes + 22.059 15
8 Mika Mäki / FIN Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 29.005 15
9 Yuji Kunimoto / JPN Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 33.348 15
10 Jules Bianchi / FRA Dallara F308 Mercedes + 35.761 15
11 Víctor García / ESP Dallara F308 Mercedes + 46.923 15
12 Carlos Huertas / COL Dallara F308 Mercedes + 47.111 15
13 Laurens Vanthoor / BEL Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 48.036 15
14 Koki Saga / JPN Dallara F308 Toyota-TOM'S + 54.965 15
15 Stef Dusseldorp / NED Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 1:05.637 15
16 Henry Arundel / GBR Dallara F308 Volkswagen + 1:10.699 15
17 Roberto Merhi / ESP Dallara F308 Mercedes + 1 Runde 14
18 Alexander Sims / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes + 1 Runde 14
not classified Kei Cozzolino / ITA Dallara F308 Honda-Toda 0:00.000 10
not classified Alexandre Imperatori / SUI Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000 3
not classified Daniel Ricciardo / AUS Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Max Chilton / GBR Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Daniel Zampieri / ITA Dallara F308 Mercedes 0:00.000  
not classified Stefano Coletti / MON Dallara F308 Mercedes 0:00.000  
not classified Brendon Hartley / NZL Dallara F308 Volkswagen 0:00.000  
not classified Daniel McKenzie / GBR Dallara F308 Mercedes 0:00.000  
not classified Michael Ho / MAC Dallara F308 Mercedes 0:00.000  
not classified Jake Rosenzweig / USA Dallara F308 Mercedes 0:00.000  
not classified Wayne Boyd / GBR Dallara F308 Volkswagen
not classified Kevin Chen / TPE Dallara F308 Mercedes