Sauber Junior Team Macau Grand Prix F3 preparation moves up a gear


25 October 2019
I’ll need to adjust to the tyre management requirements and get to grips with driving on a street track.

“I’ll need to adjust to the tyre management requirements and get to grips with driving on a street track. ”


David Schumacher  

With its post-season testing programme now complete, the Sauber Junior Team has switched focus to its next challenge: fielding a three-car entry in the Formula 3 category at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix (14-17 November).

The driver development squad, a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System, completed its maiden season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship in Russia last month and is preparing to take to the iconic Guia Circuit for the first time in three weeks.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz will field Callum Ilott, David Schumacher and Enzo Fittipaldi as its driver line-up.

Ferrari Driver Academy member and Formula 2 front-runner Callum has prior experience of the Macau Grand Prix and claimed victory in the qualification race in 2017.

For David and Ferrari Driver Academy member Enzo it will be their first taste of the event, following on from race-winning performances in the Formula Regional European Championship in 2019.

All three cars will be backed by Chinese electronics firm Xiaomi Corporation.

First run in 1954, the Macau Grand Prix provides a tough challenge for man and machine and is set to welcome 30 of the world’s finest junior single-seater drivers.

The 6.2-km-long Guia Circuit is widely regarded as one of the best in motorsport, featuring tight and twisty sections, along with a 2km full-throttle straight that frequently results in close racing.

The event is seen as the pinnacle of junior single-seater street racing and the FIA F3 World Cup title is awarded to the winning driver and team.

Charouz Racing System team owner, Antonin Charouz, said: “Entering the Macau Grand Prix is an exciting way to end our 2019 racing season in the F3 category and we’re all looking forward to tackling one of the toughest races in motorsport. We’re pleased with the driver line-up we have assembled which blends experience with youth.”

Team Principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “As a team, we learned a massive amount during our rookie campaign in F3 and we’re looking forward to applying that at a completely unique race. Callum has recorded success at Macau before so we’re keen to see what he can do with a year of F2 experience behind him. David and Enzo are two extremely quick and talented drivers who have made good progress and won races during their first seasons in the F3 class. We think they could also be strong.”

Callum Ilott said: “I’m really excited to be heading back to Macau next month for my fifth attempt! Macau is such a special race weekend and definitely a jewel in the motorsport calendar, so when the opportunity came up to head back there with Sauber Junior Team I had to take it. It’s everyone’s first time there in the new Dallara F3 car and I haven’t driven it before, so it’s going to be an interesting challenge. I’ve always been very quick there so I definitely feel we can get a good result.”

David Schumacher said: “I’m looking forward to it a lot. We should see this as a practice to get to know the track and to learn even more about the car than I learned in Sochi, where I made my debut in the FIA Formula 3 Championship last month. It will be my first proper street track so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll need to adjust to the tyre management requirements and get to grips with driving on a street track. My objective is to learn as much as I can ahead of next year.”

Enzo Fittipaldi said: “It’ll be my first experience of a street track, and of the Formula 3 car. I guess we can say that I like to start from the higher degree of difficulty. I’m basically looking to learn as much as possible and do my best as well. I’ll try and take it step-by-step as I know it’s a place where you can easily compromise the weekend, so I’ll aim to pick up the rhythm and learn as much about the car and track as possible, as well as how the racing works in Formula 3. I’m really looking forward to it.”

I’ll need to adjust to the tyre management requirements and get to grips with driving on a street track.

“I’ll need to adjust to the tyre management requirements and get to grips with driving on a street track. ”


David Schumacher  
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