For the first time since 1982, there will be no F3 event. Drivers and teams may have to quarantine.
Macau.- The 67th Macau Grand Prix will be held November 19 to 22, the Sports Bureau of Macau has revealed.
For the first time since 1982, there will be no F3 championship. It will be replaced by the first F4 competition to be included in the local motorsports event.
The event will be atypical for other reasons too. According to the MNA, it will be the first edition without a title sponsor. The event in the past has been sponsored by major casino operators such as Suncity Group.
With a budget MOP250 million (US$31.3 million), the event will also have a reduced audience. It is expected that drivers and their teams may have to go through a fourteen-day quarantine on arrival.
Sports Bureau president Pun Weng Kun said during the press conference that there is a possibility whole teams could be removed from the competition if one member tests positive for Covid-19.
The Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee (MGPOC) held a press conference at the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Convention and Exhibition Centre.
It announced that the event will include six to seven races: Formula Macau Grand Prix, Macau GT Cup, Macau Guia Race, Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 54th Edition, Macau Touring Car Cup and Greater Bay Area GT Cup.
With many GP races cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the Macau GP will be one of the only international championship events to be held.
The Sports Bureau authorities said in a press release: “MGPOC will continue to closely monitor the development of the Covid-19 pandemic and make appropriate preventive arrangements for the races based on the relevant guidelines by the Macao Health Bureau.”