Fast, furious and famous - Macau's street layout is the envy of circuits around the world The unique nature of the Guia circuit has turned the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix into one of the most important events in a young driver's career. It is one of the most demanding circuits in the world and requires equal amounts of skill and speed. The 6.2-kilometre street circuit is an exhilarating blend of long, fast straights and sharply twisting corners. The Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix is the one of most important events in the Formula 3 season and the envy of circuits around the world. The cars are state-of-the-art single-seater machines, powered by 2-litre racing engines which reach speeds of over 270km/h and installed in a highly technical carbonfibre monocoque single-seater chassis - in many ways similar to a scaled down F1 car. The drivers are the champions of all the various Formula 3 series run around the world and are invited by the Macau Grand Prix Committee to compete in the race. Formula 3 is widely recognised as the stepping stone to the pinnacle of motorsport - Formula 1. Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button and Takuma Sato are three current F1 drivers who have moved successfully into F1 straight from F3. Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard used Macau as a launch pad to F1. The Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix will this year have an exciting new high-stakes, winner-takes-all format, with a 10-lap qualification race scheduled for Saturday afternoon, with the Grand Prix proper run over 15-laps on Sunday. Previously, drivers had to complete the maximum number of laps over the two-leg Grand Prix to have a chance of winning, but the new format means they can go all out in the qualification race without fear of being precluded from outright victory in the race. With the sterling line-up and improved format, the 51st Macau Grand Prix is set to begin its next half century with the best race ever. Other highlights are: *The legendary Guia Race, which brings the biggest names in European touring cars to compete against the best Asian talent. *The Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which is regarded as the ultimate test in two-wheel racing. *The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia, which reaches its climax at the weekend. *Asian Formula Renault Challenge, which boasts some of the most skilled single-seater youngsters in the region.