Seventh victory for champion Mortara, Wittmann is runner-up
With a victory and a podium position at Hockenheim the Volkswagen drivers finished the extremely successful season of the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series.
The brand new champion, Edoardo Mortara (Italy), won Saturday's race, his Signature team colleague Marco Wittmann (Germany) took third place and the "vice champion's title" in the renowned junior series. For Volkswagen, this marks the culmination of its so far most successful season in the Formula 3 Euro Series. With Edoardo Mortara as the new champion, Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy/Portugal) as the best rookie and Signature as the winner of the team classification all three titles were clinched with engines from Wolfsburg. 12 victories, 7 pole positions and 17 further podium places reflect an impressive track record of exploits.
The round on Saturday was marked by rain, heavy water spray and poor visibility. For safety reasons, the race was started behind the safety car. Mortara cleverly converted his pole position into the lead, put a distance between himself and rivals behind him and managed to counter a final attack by Valtteri Bottas (Dallara-Mercedes). In the 18th and last race of the season on Sunday the best Volkswagen driver was Laurens Vanthoor, who had started from position three. After a close duel and body contact with Bottas the Belgian saw the chequered flag in third place but was subsequently penalised for the incident and excluded from the classification.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"I'm highly pleased and proud of our Volkswagen drivers, teams and technical crew. 'Well done' to Edoardo Mortara and the Signature squad. They dominated the strong competition in the Formula 3 Euro Series this year. After the title wins in the United Kingdom and Germany plus 54 victories in 68 races we impressively underlined that the Formula 3 power-plant from Volkswagen is the engine to be beaten. Now we're focusing on the two races in South Korea and Macau."
#5 - Edoardo Mortara (Italy) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 1st place - race 1: 1st place - race 2: 11th place
"I'm very happy, even though I didn't finish today. It's been a great year for me. After the disappointing past season I regained my joy of driving races. Volkswagen and Signature are like a family for me, this is where I feel comfortable. Thinking about Macau already puts a broad grin on my face. We'll no doubt be fast there, so I'm travelling there with tremendous self-confidence. The champion's title is a great thing and another victory in Macau would be the icing on the cake."
#6 - Marco Wittmann (Germany) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 4th place - race 1: 3rd place - race 2: 8th place
"On the whole, I'm not really happy, neither with the last race nor with the season. Maybe tomorrow I'll be more pleased with the 'vice champion's title.'" Today I simply would have liked to finish on the podium, but I had problems at the start. Now I'll fully concentrate on the two races in South Korea and Macau. Particularly Macau is a highlight for any Formula 3 racer. I'm not going there just to contest the race as part of the field - I want to win there."