One of our Macau hopefuls and Ferrari Academy Drivers, Callum Ilott took the time to answer a few questions about the iconic venue, which is now only two weeks away!
What is so special about Macau?
There literally is no track like it. It’s very challenging and there is no margin for error. You make a mistake and BANG, you are in the wall. But if it all comes together, it is an incredible feeling. Doing well at Macau is a good way to earn respect too. Drivers, teams and engineers all know how hard it is to hook up a good lap so when you do a good job in quali or get a good finish, the motorsport world takes notice. You are up against the best guys in F3 from around the world as well as some of the drivers like Antonio Felix Da Costa, and then Rosenqvist and Sims who just keep coming back. Beating them feels pretty good too!
Favourite section of the track?
The run into Lisboa is pretty cool. It’s really, really fast and a perfect place to draft past others before getting it all slowed down for the very tight right hander at Lisboa.
What do you like to do away from the track?
Because it’s end of season and the championships are over, it’s a chance to unwind and do a bit of socialising. We don’t often get that chance at a race meeting but the Sunday night is usually a good time!
Best Macau Memory?
Probably my qualifying lap last year or grabbing a podium in the opening race. It was just frustrating we had a problem in the main race and I couldn’t repeat that performance. We’d been on the pace all weekend and had no issues up until then!