When I raced Hartley, Hülkenberg and Grosjean at Macau. By WTCC driver Guerrieri
Esteban Guerrieri will return to Macau for this week’s FIA World Touring Car Championship counter – 10 years after making his debut on the challenging street track.
Guerrieri, making his second appearance for the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team, took part in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix in 2007 when his opposition included current Formula 1 drivers Brendan Hartley, Nico Hülkenberg and Romain Grosjean.
“I was top-five in first qualifying but my second qualifying was not good, P12 or P13 or something,” Guerrieri recalled. “Then I was a victim of Mandarin corner at the start and it was not a good weekend. But I enjoyed it.”
Of his return at WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Macau, Guerrieri said: “Before I went to the Nürburgring Nordschleife this year I always said Macau was the most intense single lap for concentration. The Nürburgring Nordschleife is double that but at Macau you have to go between walls on full power at 100 per cent, you give everything and even more to get the maximum out of the car.
“I like street courses and Macau is top of the street courses. You never know where is the limit or when you are close to the limit. You don’t realise you’ve gone too much until you hit the wall. In a normal race track you go off the track and you realised you’ve gone too far. At Macau you never realise how hard you are pushing.”