When November hits, the motorsport community gets excited for one event in particular. It's arguably the most exciting, exillerating and daring event in the entirety of motorsport. Obviously, it is the Macau GP. Formual 3, GT3, WTCR and motorbikes all rolled into one weekend's worth of racing. The question is though... should people race there?
Every year racing takes place at Macau, and there is always a plethora of incidents that litter the coloums of the racing press. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue, around the world there are plenty of tracks that have large crashes on them. What makes Macau different is the width of the track. The majority of the lap winds through the hills where the width is around 7 metres. For a bit of perspective, you can barely go 2-wide in the GT3 race without creating the most expensive traffic jam.
Cast your minds back to last year's Formual 3 race - most people will know what I'm going on about. German driver Sophia Floersch was involved in a massive crash, amplified by a sausage curb, that launched her F3 car into the air and into a collision with a photographer bunker. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but it put the seed of thought into most people's heads. Is it safe to race at Macau?
As shown in the picture above, when things go wrong at Macau, they *really* go wrong. There really isn't any way to work around this issue, because run-offs can't be added to the tighter sections and they certainly can't be widened.
In conclusion, racing at Macau is undoubtedly exciting and shows just how brave racing drivers are, but if you look past all the allure of a street circuit, the risk doesn't really seem worth it. I'm not saying the circuit itself is so dangerous it should be shut down, but a hard look should be taken at the cars that are racing there. F3 and GT3 are too fast to be driven to the max on the streets of Macau.