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FIA F3 cars confirmed for Macau GP, circuit changes to be made

by Rachel Hillman

The?FIA has confirmed that this year’s Macau Grand Prix will be run using 2019-spec FIA Formula 3 cars and with modifications to the Guia Circuit.

Taking place on November 14-17, the grand prix will once again carry FIA F3 World Cup status, and will be a non-championship event for FIA F3 Championship competitors.

Created to replace both FIA European F3 and GP3, the Formula 1 support series has beaten both the FIA Regional F3 regulations and the previous generation FIA F3 cars, still used in Euroformula Open and Japanese F3, as the car of choice for this year’s grand prix.

One of several updates to the 6.2km circuit is the re-profiling of the barriers at?Lisboa corner following?Sophia Floersch’s crash last year, where she hit a photographer’s bunker and fractured her spine.

FIA Single-Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali said: “The FIA F3 World Cup is one of the ultimate tests for young drivers, and we have worked hard to ensure it remains among the most prestigious events on the motorsport calendar.

“We are currently enjoying a hugely competitive and hard-fought FIA F3 Championship season, and the prospect of seeing this impressive grid line up in Macau is very exciting.

“These cars are more powerful than the previous iterations of F3, and have the latest safety features for single-seater machines. Couple this with the changes being made to the Guia Circuit this year, and I?m looking forward to a safe and spectacular FIA F3 World Cup.”

Bruno Michel, CEO of F1’s support series Formula 2 and FIA F3, added:?”I am extremely pleased to bring the new generation F3 car to race at such a prestigious and legendary grand prix which is not part of the FIA F3 Championship.”

The Macau GP has previously been ran to Formula Pacific and Formula Libre rules, and started off as a sportscar race in the 1950s.