A winner on the famously difficult avenue monitor in touring vehicles and GTs, with Alfa Romeo and BMW, Augusto Farfus is well-qualified in the case of Macau.
“Both you adore it otherwise you hate it,” he says. And Farfus is firmly within the former camp.
“I’m a man who likes flowing excessive pace tracks, and at Macau, apart from Lisboa and Melco Hairpin, many of the corners are medium- to high-speed, or flowing corners,” explains the Brazilian, who has missed the final two iterations of the annual Grand Prix occasion held on the Guia circuit on account of harsh journey restrictions imposed in mild of the pandemic.
“When you’ve got the automobile edgy and on a bent of oversteer due to the bumps, that’s the place I really feel essentially the most comfy. If you happen to convey me to a monitor the place it’s fixed understeer, I’m not an enormous fan. And that may be a monitor the place you’ve got the automobile which at all times tends to step out. It’s the place I someway really feel good.”
Maybe unsurprisingly subsequently, Farfus doesn’t hesitate in selecting out the ultra-fast Mandarin right-hand sweeper main into the primary heavy braking zone at Lisboa as his favorite nook.
“In GTs, it may be flat, however you want huge dedication,” he says. “It’s a nook the place you’ll be able to actually make a distinction as a result of when you get that one proper, you’ll be able to simply achieve one other three or 4 tenths simply on the next straight from the momentum.”
Farfus made himself at dwelling on the circuit straightaway, taking victory within the characteristic race of the 2005 World Touring Automobile Championship finale.
Farfus received at his first go to to Macau in 2005 with Alfa Romeo
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“I bear in mind again then on the press convention a journalist instructed me there was one other man who received Macau on the first try and that was Ayrton Senna,” Farfus remembers. “Meaning quite a bit. For me it was a really emotional and vital achievement. After which since then Macau has at all times handled me very effectively.”
He received once more in 2009, this time the reversed-grid dash race, and took an emotional GT World Cup victory in 2018, the ultimate race attended by long-time Schnitzer boss Charly Lamm earlier than his deliberate retirement. He sadly died simply two months later.
“Macau is about being opportunistic in qualifying with an unimaginable lap and getting lap one proper. And that’s why Macau is so particular” Augusto Farfus
“It goes with out saying the final race with Schnitzer and Charly and profitable the World Cup there may be the cherry on prime of the cake,” provides Farfus. “Then in 2019 I went once more again and I didn’t qualify very effectively, we didn’t have a very good BoP and we knew it will be just about unimaginable [to win].
“If you happen to see the race end result, there may be the 2 Mercedes P1, P2 and I used to be P4 by a niche of 20 seconds. If you happen to had been excellent within the final two corners, and Mandarin, you possibly can type of cowl your again. And that’s what I did.”
To Farfus, the magic of Macau shouldn’t be in regards to the overtaking – “in touring vehicles it’s a bit extra of you push, you bang, you squeeze” – however the particular feeling of nailing a lap in qualifying, a preciously uncommon event as a result of virtually assure of crimson flags that scupper laps.
“Macau is about being opportunistic in qualifying with an unimaginable lap and getting lap one proper,” he says. “And that’s why Macau is so particular.”
Observe evolution over the weekend is “huge” so being on it when the monitor is in a very good situation – understanding you could not get one other probability with crimson flags – is essential for a very good beginning place.
“You can not exit when the session is inexperienced and say, ‘I put together the lap’. You exit and also you push since you don’t know when you can have one other one,” relays Farfus. “When the monitor is inexperienced, you go!
“It occurred a few occasions in touring vehicles the place do the lap, then the engineer says, ‘Let’s put one other set and go once more’. However within the automobile you’re considering, ‘There’s no means I can enhance that lap!’ You say, ‘In fact sure’ and also you at all times strive, however you understand that lap you’ve got placed on, it’s the lap.
“There may be in all probability two or three tenths to shave off, however there’s a huge wall ready for you…”
Farfus relishes the problem of a qualifying lap on Macau’s sinuous streets
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