The Macau Grand Prix is the Monaco GP for professional Formula 3 drivers, with representatives from all over the world bidding to win the ‘world cup’ of F3. Any driver wishing to take part needs to have competed in a Formula 3 race in the last 12 months, and F3 Cup meets the requirements and is a handy date towards the end of the season for drivers to get their Macau entry requirements completed.
Last year Kevin Korjus and Antonio Felix Da Costa competed, Da Costa winning both F3 Cup races before going on to win both races in Macau. This year Da Costa was back, shortly after receiving the phone call he didn’t want from Toro Rosso, driving a Carlin Dallara F312-VW, but competing for the first time was Carlos Sainz Jnr (pictured), the son of the multiple World Rally Champion, and Esteban Ocon, a young French driver on Lotus F1’s young driver programme.
Sainz went on to win both races, with Da Costa chasing him all the way in race 1, before retiring in a starline incident in race 2.
Out of the regular F3 Cup drivers, Tristan Cliffe set two class pole positions and won race 1, but retired from race 2 after hitting a patch of standing water, but takes consolation from leading Carlos Sainz for most of the first lap.
Alex Craven took two second places which was sufficient to become F3 Cup Champion 2013, with Alice Powell finishing 2nd and Cliffe 3rd. Olly Rae took two class wins but Dave Karaskas (absent) took the Trophy class championship. Henry Chart took the Cup class race 2 win, to end a troubled season on a high.
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