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Macau Winners PDF Print E-mail

 

This column is dedicated to the memory of Australian Bruce Cary, a supremely talented Formula Three engineer and designer, who succumbed to cancer in 2004.

 

Macau Grand Prix
 
Always a stairway to stardom, the Macau Grand Prix has turned up some pretty spectacular drivers over the years, including many on the 2004 Formula One grid.  Of this season’s drivers, four of them made their name by winning in Macau.  The most successful, of course, is Michael Schumacher who won the controversial race in 1990, despite Mika Hakkinen having dominated all weekend.  It was a desperate last lap lunge by Hakkinen that saw him hit the back of Schumacher’s car and put himself in the wall and out of the race.  (See column entitled That Shunt).

Five years later it was the turn of brother Ralf to win Macau.  Second that year was his soon-to-be team mate at Toyota next year, Jarno Trulli.

Macau WinnersIn 1991, a young Scotsman won the race.  His name: David Coulthard, now a Red Bull Racing driver.

 

That year was a star-studded affair with current Grand Prix racers Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve both finishing in the top ten.  Six-times Le Mans 24-Hours winner Tom Kristensen and current Ferrari tester Luca Badoer also featured in the results.

Fast forward to the year 2001 and we had Japanese sensation Takuma Sato on the top step of the podium, but a couple of years earlier – 1999 to be precise – a Yorkshireman called Darren Manning had comprehensively beaten the field.  Manning is now making a name for himself in the Indy Racing League (IRL) in the United States.  Second to Manning in 1999, however, was a young man with a bright future.  We are of course talking about the 19-year old Jenson Button, who went on, at the age of 21, to drive for Williams alongside his much vaunted team mate Ralf Schumacher.  After a decent first season at Williams he was forced to move to Renault to make way for Juan Pablo Montoya.  Button’s two seasons at Renault were disappointing but for 2003 he signed for the BAR team, as team mate to Jacques Villeneuve.


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Ralf Schumacher on the podium: Melbourne 2006

 

 
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