MORTARA SOAKS UP THE RAIN AND CHAMPAGNE
HOCKENHEIM (GER) 16 SEPTEMBER 2010: Despite claiming the Formula 3 Euro Series title a month ago, Edoardo Mortara shows no signs of slowing down by taking victory from pole position at a wet and treacherous Hockenheimring this morning. It is his seventh Race 1 victory from nine rounds.
The race was started behind the Safety Car. Edo pulled a five second gap on Roberto Mehri, but once Valtteri Bottas passed the Spaniard, the gap came down and the race was really on. Edo made a mistake at Turn 2, locking his wheels and sliding off the track. He rejoined, but now the Finn was on his tail. The race had been shortened from 22 to 17 laps, and on the penultimate lap it was Bottas who made a mistake. He missed his braking point at the hairpin and narrowly missed colliding with the race leader. The pressure was off the Italian and he was able to take another ten points.
EDOARDO MORTARA: "Racing this weekend with the title already in the bag is a very different experience and great fun. However, today's race was a difficult one and not without pressure.
"The start was good and in the opening laps I was able to pull away from the pack by setting some very quick lap times. Once Valtteri [Bottas] got past [Roberto] Mehri the gap stabilized, as we were doing similar lap times. But then I made a stupid mistake at Turn 2, locking all four wheels, and lost 2.5 seconds as I rejoined the track. Valtteri was able to close right up on me. He was putting me under enormous pressure. When you have led every lap and there are just two laps to go you know what you need to do - you need to be perfect. If you make one mistake then all the hard work you've done was for nothing.
"Instead it was Valtteri who made a mistake. On the penultimate lap, heading into the hairpin, he missed his braking point. As I was about to turn in I looked in my right mirror and saw a red and white rocket heading towards me. So I stayed straight, he flew past and off the track, and I could breathe a sigh of relief. From that point it was easier for me to contain him.
"Tomorrow I'm starting eighth. We don't know what the weather is going to do but either way I have strong pace and nothing to lose. I would like to finish my season on the podium tomorrow - that's the aim."
-source: Edoardo Mortara