MORTARA RETIRES FROM FOURTH ON LAST LAP OF F3 FINALE
"IT DOESN'T MATTER," SAYS THE CHAMP "IT'S BEEN THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE!"
HOCKENHEIM (GER) 17 SEPTEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara received his Formula 3 Euro Series trophy at Hockenheim for winning the championship and was thrilled to toast a successful season, despite grinding to a halt on the last lap today.
The Italian, who won in the wet yesterday and thus started eighth today, leapfrogged slow-starting P6 man Marco Wittmann off the line but was overtaken by Antonio Felix-da-Costa. Edo gained two places on Lap 2 and rose to fifth on Lap 3. From there he chased down Valtteri Bottas who was putting Laurens Vanthoor under pressure. On Lap 23 of the 30 lap race, Bottas made his move at the cut-off hairpin and passed the Belgian driver. However, Vanthoor hit the back of him and this forced the Finn off the road. Edo came through to snatch fourth position.
On the final lap, following 1.2 seconds behind Signature team-mate Vanthoor, Edo's car coasted to a halt. The team is analyzing what caused the power failure.
Nevertheless, Edo was in great spirits afterwards as he reflected on his dominant campaign; He's taken five pole positions and seven Race 1 victories from nine rounds, amassing 25 percent more points than runner-up Marco Wittmann.
For Edo, the future is undecided but it's looking very positive. He will now turn his attention to the non-championship F3 rounds in Macau and Korea - competitions he is relishing.
EDOARDO MORTARA: "Unfortunately we couldn't finish today, but that's not important because it's been an incredible season. I made a good choice to return to the Formula 3 Euro Series this year, not because of the results but because of my happiness.
"At the end of last season, when I competed in GP2, I was miserable. It was very hard to go racing, because although the atmosphere with my Arden mechanics was really good, it was painful between me and the chief engineer. I had always enjoyed racing up until then, and this year in F3 has restored my passion for the sport.
"I have returned to my family, Signature, and am very happy to reward their and Volkswagen's faith in me and continued support by winning this title. They have always been good to me, and so I wanted to give them this gift.
"Together we will go to Macau on the third week of November. Macau is special. I won there last year, and was second the year before. I'm fully confident of being super competitive there. You just have to mention 'Macau' and I cannot stop smiling. It's a very cool event. In a championship, you are always thinking about finishing for the points. There, you just go flat-out.
I still don't know what I will do next year. It's entirely open - nothing is signed. I have received some rewards from Volkswagen and we're going to see what will happen. I still need to show what I'm capable of. After winning the F3 Euro Series the traditional step is GP2, but there is also America, Japan, and DTM. There are several interesting championships, and I am considering them all so that I can make a confident, informed and correct choice. I'm going to keep working hard so I'm given the best possible opportunities."