Here’s the complete list of entrants in Macau GP F3 this year:
Carlin (Volkswagen): Carlos Sainz, Jr. (ESP), Harry Tincknell (GBR), Jazeman Jaafar (MAL), Daniil Kvyat (RUS), Jordan King (GBR), Nicholas Latifi (CAN)
Prema Powerteam (Mercedes): Raffaele Marciello (ITA), Alex Lynn (GBR), Lucas Auer (AUT). Esteban Ocon (FRA)
the first Frenchman to race in an FIA-rules F3 competition since the current-generation machines were introduced at the beginning of the 2012 season.
Really? Wow, that’s a super-fact! Ocon might get to do more of these next year if Prema keep him on for the European competition, and as of now it seems very likely.
It’s sad to see that Frenchmen in F3 are so few and far between, considering that the F3 Euroseries (precursor to the FIA European championship), was actually an amalgamation of the German F3 Championship Class and the French F3 series, and that 2 current French F1 drivers came through this series (Romain Grosjean, 2007 champ and Jules Bianchi, 2009 champ). I guess they mainly choose Formula Renault and World Series by Renault nowadays.
As has already been pointed out by @keithcollantine , Felix Serralles will not take part in Macau, he has been replaced by F3 Open frontrunner Ed Jones of UAE.
Also, Nelson Mason is another new addition to the Macau GP list, with ASwiss squad Jo Zeller. The Canadian also participated in the F3 Open this year, and had a good season.
What are your opinions on Jazeman? As a Malaysian, I’m a bit ashamed I’ve never seen him race before. But to be fair, none of his races get shown here. I have followed him via the newspapers though and I know he dominated Formula BMW Asia a few years ago.
Fauzy was pretty bad as far as F1 drivers go, but Young was pretty good and shame Minardi bundled him out.
@himmatsj Jaafar is a pretty strong driver..he’s had a tough debut year in World Series by Renault, but his team, Carlin, have had a few problems this year in that particular series. He was expectedly impeccable in the one British F3 weekend he participated in, winning both feature races easily. He’s also very strong on street circuits. Another year in World Series should be in order, although pressure will be on him to get more than the one podium he got this year..