Volkswagen will be seeking a first win at Macau for 18 years as the German manufacturer heads to the Chinese enclave for the annual end of season F3 event this weekend.
VW has taken victory in the event on five occasions in the past, the most recent coming back in 1990 when none other than Michael Schumacher won in Reynard before becoming the most successful driver in Formula One history.
This time around, five drivers will look to fly the flag for VW at the challenging street circuit, with Edoardo Mortara, Mika Maki, Cheng Congfu, Laurens Vanthoor and Nicola de Marco all running with Volkswagen power for the weekend.
"Three wins in the Formula 3 Euro Series and two exploits in the German Formula 3 Cup are a very good year-end tally for the two-litre engine from the Volkswagen Group," VW motorsport director Kris Nissen said. "To close off the season, Volkswagen returns to the most famous Formula 3 race of all – the Macau Grand Prix.
"Just around the corner from Hong Kong the best young drivers will meet to match their skills on the world's most difficult city street circuit. The track demands a powerful engine with good driveability; at the same time, driving skills are more important in Macau than on most other race tracks."
Mortara, who finished second in the F3 Euroseries, admits that his focus for the weekend will be firmly on securing victory.
"Macau is a true classic," he said. "This race is to Formula 3 what Monaco is to Formula 1. Everyone dreams of victory, because you can really make a name for yourself by winning there, and that's what I'm hoping to do.”