The 2017 Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix was, arguably, the most fraught and tension-filled running of the event to date. Britain’s Daniel Ticktum from the Volkswagen customer team Motopark with VEB has recorded a surprising and historic win at the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau.
The British driver only moved into the lead from third place on the home stretch after Volkswagen drivers Ferdinand Habsburg (A/Carlin) and Sérgio Sette Câmara (BR/Motopark) had slid into the tyre wall whilst battling for the lead on the final turn. Habsburg was able to continue and claim fourth place, but Sette Câmara had to retire. Formula 3 European champion Lando Norris (GB/Carlin) crossed the finish line behind Ticktum to complete the one-two result for Volkswagen. Third place went to Ralf Aron (EST/Dallara-Mercedes). This was the tenth win for Volkswagen as an engine manufacturer at the official FIA Formula 3 World Cup.
“This Macau Grand Prix really did have everything a motorsport fan could ask for,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “The stars of tomorrow showed all their driving skills today. Daniel Ticktum carried on fighting right to the end and was rewarded after a turbulent race. Congratulations to him and his Team Motopark with VEB! This year, the Volkswagen drivers continued to be a great advert for this sport – including Ferdinand Habsburg and Sérgio Sette Câmara, who fought out a thrilling duel to the final turn and showed immense will to win.”