The Macau Grand prix is the flagship event of the Formula 3 season, the junior partner to the F1 circuit. As the most celebrated and final lap of the Formula 3 Grand Prix Tour, the Macau Grand Prix’s Guia track has helped launch the careers of superstars such as Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. In fact, if you’re looking for the next F1 hotrod, you’re likely to find him here.
The Macau Grand Prix weekend sees a festival atmosphere descend on the city with bars and restaurants buzzing with spectators. And, with tickets much cheaper than their F1 equivalent, it’s a great way to soak up some big race fever.
Gearhead’s will also be happy to find out that the Grand Prix is just the centrepiece of a whole weekend dedicated to racing. Aside from the F3 race, there is also the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix and Tour Car Racing.
What is the Guia Circuit Like?
The Guia Track is an extremely exciting circuit and recognised as one of the most difficult in the racing world. Set on the streets of Macau, it features hill climbs, a 90 degree turn and a long straight with speeds over 250kmh. At 3.8 miles (6.2km) long, the top lap time is 2.11mins.
When Is the Macau Grand Prix?
The whole event takes place on the third weekend of November, with the main F3 race always on the Sunday. In 2009, this is the 22nd of November. The Guia circuit is open from 7a.m. to 7p.m. each day, with events and performances scheduled throughout the day.
Other major events include Formula 3 Grand Prix Qualifying on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix on Saturday.
Where Can I Buy Tickets for the Macau Grand Prix?
How Much Do Tickets Cost?
Ticket prices vary depending on both the day and where you want to sit. Practice days, which are Thursday and Friday, are priced at US$6 regardless of where you want to sit, meaning you can take a prime spot in the Main Grand Stand.
Race days, which are Saturday and Sunday, are significantly pricier. The most expensive seats in the Lisboa Bend are priced at $110 while the cheapest tickets are in the standing only Reservoir Stand and priced at US$16.
The main race day, on Sunday sells out quickly and you should buy your tickets at least a month in advance. Tickets for practice days are usually available on the day.
More Advice on the Macau Grand Prix?
- If, like most people, you’re staying in Hong Kong, be sure to book a ticket on a return ferry as they quickly fill up and you might find yourself stranded in Macau for the night.
- The best place to sit is the Lisboa Bend, rather than the Main Grand Stand as it’s sat in front of a 90 degree turn and often the scene for some spectacular pile ups.