This is my first time going to Macau and also my first time watching the Macau Grand Prix. The track is definitely one of the hardest and most challenging in the world, as told to me when I interviewed Sebastian Vettel and Heikki Kovalainen.
It’s too narrow for Formula 1 but alright for Formula 3, which is the fastest of all the races there [think 2:11 min on that 6.2km lap]. WTCC, GT Cup, Motorcycle GP, F3, FBMW Pacific and some road car races formed the Macau GP. I’ve never witnessed SO many accidents within one weekend before. Crashes were imminent in every single race!
Be it practice, qualifying or the race itself, the yellow flag, red flag and safety car are common features. As a spectator it probably is quite exciting to see crashes [now think flying cars, exploding debris, ambulance appearances] but i can’t imagine how the drivers would feel.
Imagine you are getting the pace after two laps and then someone smashes into the wall. Cars slow down, sometimes piled up behind the crash, safety car comes out, everyone lines up behind and goes round and round until the debris is cleared and track is safe for racing again. Green flag out, race restarts, off the drivers go again… two laps later, someone crashes again.
So what i don”t understand is, wouldn’t it be frustrating to keep stopping and restarting? But this is the 57th Macau Grand Prix, so despite its chaotic and crash-laden nature, the stands are still full (20,000 on Sunday itself!). I will write more about it after I’ve caught up with my work. Meanwhile, here are some shots of me at the 57th Macau Grand Prix: