MORTARA TAKES SECOND IN HOCKENHEIM R1 HOCKENHEIM (GER) 24 APRIL 2010: F3 Euroseries driver Edoardo Mortara finished second at Germany's Hockenheimring in Race 1, having started third on the grid. Pole sitter and Signature team mate Marco ...
MORTARA TAKES SECOND IN HOCKENHEIM R1
HOCKENHEIM (GER) 24 APRIL 2010: F3 Euroseries driver Edoardo Mortara finished second at Germany's Hockenheimring in Race 1, having started third on the grid.
Pole sitter and Signature team mate Marco Whittmann was on pole but suffered major wheel spin when the lights went out, and this allowed Edo, who made a good start, to pull alongside both Whittmann and P2 man Daniel Juncadella into Turn 1. Edo was ahead of Whittmann at the hairpin, but the German pushed him onto the marbles and Edo was bumped back to third. He fought back and immediately overtook Juncadella around the outside of Turn 5 with a perfectly executed and brave move.
Edo set the fastest lap of the race and was around 0.9 seconds behind Whittmann. With no safe way to pass, the Italian settled for second in order to preserve his tyres and now shares the championship lead with his team mate.
Race position: 2 / Grid position: 3 / Fastest lap: 1:33.246, lap 8 / Sunny and dry, 20.2o. ambient and 34o. track temperature / Drivers' championship standing: =1st, 23 points
EDOARDO MORTARA: "A great day for the Signature Team and Volkswagen, and congratulations to Marco. I led briefly on the straight, but was forced to yield for Marco. I attacked for the next 12 laps, but it's important to be intelligent and to not take too big a risk when you're fighting for the championship, and this is particularly true when racing a team mate. For the final six laps I backed off to preserve my tyres.
"The championship is long and it's important to score podiums each time we go out, so I can be happy about this weekend so far. I still need to get on top of qualifying - P3 was, in my view, disappointing yesterday and I paid the price for it today. Had I started on the front row, I would have won. But Marco did a great job yesterday, and deserved this victory."
OLIVIER BACCHIS (RACE ENGINEER - SIGNATURE TEAM): "We're working for the championship, so it's important to score good points at all the races, and therefore I am happy with today's result. Honestly, I'm a little disappointed not to win but when you're racing a team mate it's more difficult. Edo and Marco had very similar pace and it wasn't possible for Edo to pass without taking a big risk. Tomorrow he will start seventh and, on this track, I think victory will be very difficult because the straights aren't long enough. However, he will be faster than the cars ahead and it should be possible to record a top five finish. That is our goal.
-source: edoardo mortara pr