FIA lengthens gap between GT World Cup and F3 Macau races for 2017

The FIA has moved to avoid a repetition of last year's farcical end to the GT World Cup at Macau

FIA lengthens gap between GT World Cup and F3 Macau races for 2017

More time had been allowed on the schedule between the World Cup final and the headline Formula 3 Grand Prix on the Sunday of the Macau meeting on November 16-19 to ensure the GT3 race can run its full 18-lap duration.

Pos Total 2017 AU CN BH RU ES MC CA AZ AT GB HU BE IT SG MY JP US MX BR AD Points
1 1469 Lewis Hamilton 75 100 75 48 100 24 100 38 48 100 48 100 100 100 75 100 100 15 48 75 363
2 1286 Sebastian Vettel 100 75 100 75 75 100 48 48 75 24 100 75 60 - 48 - 75 48 100 60 317
3 1230 Valtteri Bottas 60 30 60 100 - 48 75 75 100 75 60 38 75 60 38 48 38 75 75 100 305
4 818 Kimi Räikkönen 48 38 48 60 - 75 24 - 38 60 75 48 38 - - 38 60 60 60 48 205
5 797 Daniel Ricciardo - 48 38 - 60 60 60 100 60 38 - 60 48 75 60 60 - - 30 - 200
6 671 Max Verstappen 38 60 - 38 - 38 - - - 48 38 - 12 - 100 75 48 100 38 38 168
7 434 Sergio Pérez 24 15 24 30 48 8 38 - 24 15 19 - 15 38 30 24 19 24 15 24 100
8 406 Esteban Ocon 12 12 12 24 38 9 30 30 19 19 15 15 30 12 12 30 30 38 - 19 87
9 268 Felipe Massa 30 7 30 15 8 15 - - 15 12 - 19 19 10 15 12 15 10 24 12 43
10 253 Carlos Sainz 19 24 - 12 24 30 - 19 - - 24 12 7 48 - - 24 - 10 - 54
11 234 Lance Stroll - - - 10 5 - 15 60 12 5 7 10 24 19 19 - 10 30 5 3 40
12 225 Nico Hülkenberg 10 9 15 19 30 - 19 - 8 30 - 30 8 - 5 - - - 12 30 43
13 215 Romain Grosjean - 10 19 - 12 19 12 8 30 8 - 24 6 15 8 15 7 6 6 10 28
14 172 Kevin Magnussen - 19 - 8 7 12 9 24 - 9 8 6 10 - 9 19 5 19 - 8 19
15 151 Stoffel Vandoorne 8 - - 7 - - 7 9 9 10 12 7 - 24 24 7 9 9 - 9 13
16 120 Fernando Alonso - - - - 9 - - 15 - - 30 - - - 10 10 - 12 19 15 17
17 114 Jolyon Palmer - 8 8 - 6 10 10 - 10 - 9 8 - 30 6 9 - - - - 8
18 114 Pascal Wehrlein - - 10 5 19 - 6 12 7 4 6 - 5 9 4 6 - 7 7 7 5
19 99 Daniil Kvyat 15 - 9 9 15 - - - 5 6 10 9 9 - - - 12 - - - 5
20 84 Marcus Ericsson - 6 - 6 10 - 8 10 6 7 5 5 - - 3 - 6 - 8 4 0
21 37 Pierre Gasly - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7 8 - 8 9 5 0
22 14 Brendon Hartley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 - - 6 0

The move follows the failure to restart last year's final after a second red flag as a result of timetable constraints, which meant that WRT Audi driver Laurens Vanthoor was declared the winner despite ending up on his roof after crashing at Mandarin corner.

This has been made possible by moving one of the races for the World Touring Car Championship, which is replacing TCR International on the Macau bill, from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon.

It will be the first time since the creation of the current WTCC for the 2005 season that two races have been run on separate days.

Stephane Ratel, whose eponymous organisation is again co-ordinating the World Cup, told Autosport: "We want the race to run the full number of laps and having one less event on Sunday will give us more flexibility in the timetable."

The 18-lap final has now been given a 75-minute time slot and will start at 1210 rather than 1255, with the main F3 race starting as usual at 1530.

The World Cup will also be open only only professional drivers with a platinum or gold rating.

This goes hand in hand with the FIA's announcement earlier this year for a second GT World Cup for amateur drivers, which is likely to begin in 2018.

"It is logical that if we have a world cup for amateurs and customer teams that we make Macau all-pro and for manufacturers," said Ratel.

"This is part of a natural growth of the event at Macau and will help simplify it.

"It will make it a challenge assembling a grid because this race started [before it was given World Cup status in 2015] for amateurs, but we are confident because the new format will make it more attractive for the manufacturers."

All manufacturers represented on the grid will now be able to win the World Cup titles and will not have to pay a registration fee.

Other changes for Macau this year include new kerbs at the Reservoir and Mandarin corners to improve safety in the GT races.

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