Nurburgring: Volkswagen weekend summary

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara continues heading the standings Wolfsburg. The lead of the standings for Edoardo Mortara (I) and top 10 results for Jean Karl Vernay (F), Franck Mailleux (F) as well as Jens Klingmann (D): The Volkswagen drivers...

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara continues heading the standings

Wolfsburg. The lead of the standings for Edoardo Mortara (I) and top 10 results for Jean Karl Vernay (F), Franck Mailleux (F) as well as Jens Klingmann (D): The Volkswagen drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series showed a strong fighting performance at races eleven and twelve of the season. Despite less then optimum grid positions the drivers "powered by Volkswagen" advanced to the group of top finishers at both races on the Nurburgring's short circuit version. The biggest leap was made by Jean Karl Vernay from the Signature team, who clinched places 13 and seven from grid position 23. Franck Mailleux as well improved significantly: Vernay's French compatriot and team-mate advanced from position 27 to 18th place at Saturday's race, on Sunday he finished the race in ninth place. For Jens Klingmann, tenth place on Sunday -- after having started to Saturday's race from position 28 on the grid -- marked the so far best result of the season.

After races eleven and twelve of the season, Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara continues heading the leaderboard of the Formula 3 Euro Series. With 21st place in qualifying, an accident in race one that was no fault of his and 23rd place in the second heat, the Italian missed scoring championship points. Before races 13 and 14 at Brands Hatch (GB) he is running in front of his immediate rival Nico Hulkenberg (Dallara-Mercedes) with a one-point lead.

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:

"I want to congratulate the teams and drivers who ran in front this weekend. They were better this time than we were. From a technical perspective, we didn't have the slightest problem with our engines throughout the weekend. But in an ultra-competitive series like the Formula 3 Euro Series every hundredths of a second counts - particularly on the short circuit version of the Nurburgring. The whole package has to fit. Both Volkswagen teams had problems coming up with the right set-up. With poor grid positions, it was impossible for us to finish in the points. But: we continue feeling very satisfied with the way the season has gone so far and look forward to showing our performance capability with good results again at the next race at Brands Hatch."

#7 - Edoardo Mortara (I) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 21 - race 1: retirement - race 2: place 23

"The only positive thing is that I'm still the leader of the standings. Other than that, this has been a weekend to chalk off to experience, where we deprived ourselves of the chance to score points with a poor qualifying. To top it off, a rival spun in the first race, I hit him and was therefore forced to retire myself. Although on Sunday I wanted to stay clear of all trouble and move to the front as far as possible I was hit in the rear. But at Brands Hatch I'm going to attack again."

#30 - Jean Karl Vernay (F) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 23 - race 1: place 13 - race 2: place 7

"A very poor qualifying, but two good races. Although I was pretty far at the rear, I pushed, pushed, pushed in both races. Although this did not result in points finishes it was a positive thing to see that we were able to fight and make up ground. I think 13th place on Sunday and particularly seventh place on Sunday are good results, considering that I started to the races from position 23."

-credit: volkswagen-motorsport.com

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg , Jens Klingmann , Kris Nissen , Franck Mailleux , Edoardo Mortara , Jean-Karl Vernay
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport