Ferrari Driver Academy member and FIA Formula Two driver Callum Ilott will make his return to the iconic Macau Grand Prix next month as he rejoins Sauber Junior Team by Charouz for his first race in the new FIA Formula Three machinery.
With one race still to contest in his debut FIA Formula Two campaign, Callum Ilott will be jumping into the new Dallara F3 2019 car for the 66th running of the Macau Grand Prix. Securing pole in 2017, Callum also finished on the podium in the qualification race on three occasions (2016, 2017, 2018), whilst also taking the qualification race honours in 2017.
Joining his full time team in FIA Formula Two, Sauber Junior Team by Charouz, Callum will be in familiar surroundings as he takes on the 3.803-mile unpredictable street circuit that features a combination of fast straights and tight corners, and is recognised as one of the most challenging circuits in the world.
“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 SJT I had to take it.”
This year will see the race be contested in the new Dallara F3 2019 car that is based on Callum’s old GP3 Series machinery, a significant jump in straight line speed compared to its predecessor, the Dallara F317. This has seen changes to the circuit configuration to increase its safety standards.
“It’s everyone's first time there in the new Dallara F3 car, and obviously 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.”
Track action for the Suncity Group Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix will take place from the 14th to the 17th November, prior to Callum’s final FIA Formula Two race in Abu Dhabi, two weeks later.