Callum Ilott: “It feels disappointing to come away with just a fifth”

Callum Ilott - Credit: ID

Callum Ilott was disappointed to end his strong Macau Grand Prix weekend with a fifth place finish, with the Van Amersfoort Racing driver struggling with a balance issue throughout Sunday’s finale.

The Briton had finished second to Antonio Felix da Costa during Saturday’s Qualifying race but despite making a good start, found himself shuffled down the pack after the imbalance that was first identified on the way to the grid was not cured by a change of tyre on the grid.

“After the perfect build up and being quick in practice and qualifying, together with yesterday’s fastest lap and the podium, it feels disappointing to come away with just a fifth,” said Ilott.

“A car with understeer and the Macau circuit just don’t mix very well. I had a couple of close calls with the barriers and I had to ensure we finished.”

After showing his potential all weekend around the legendary street circuit, Ilott is determined to return next year to try and do better and finish on the podium.

“Not getting on the podium today means I have to come back again next year,” said Ilott.   “When it all comes together, it’s such a rewarding track that gets you buzzing. I love the challenge of it.”