EDOARDO MORTARA WINS FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP OSCHERSLEBEN (GER) 18 SEPTEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara has clinched the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series title today by finishing sixth in Race 1 at Oschersleben, in northern Germany. The ...
EDOARDO MORTARA WINS FORMULA 3 EURO SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
OSCHERSLEBEN (GER) 18 SEPTEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara has clinched the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series title today by finishing sixth in Race 1 at Oschersleben, in northern Germany.
The Italian started ninth, one place ahead of championship rival Marco Whitmann, At the start, the Signature-Volkswagen pair beat Carlos Munoz and Jim Pla off the line and snatched seventh and eight places before negotiating the tight first corner. Soon Edo was bearing down on his other team-mate, Laurens Vanthoor who, on Lap 2, was handed a drive through penalty for starting from an inaccurate position. This promoted Edo to sixth, with Whitmann breathing down his neck just half a second behind.
To take the championship, even with the race at Hockenheim still to come, Edo needed just one point today. Whitmann drove accordingly, trying to pressure Edo into a mistake. But the 24-year-old was serene, and Whitmann ruined his tyres trying to keep up.
Edo was runner-up in 2008 and returned to the Euro Series this year to go one better. He takes the laurels just down the road from Volkswagen Motorsport's Hannover headquarters.
Race position: 6 / Grid position: 9 / Fastest lap: 1:22.090, lap 4 / Cloudy and windy, 14o. ambient and 17.3o. track temperature / Drivers' championship standing: =1st(winner) 90 points
EDOARDO MORTARA: "I have been looking forward to today for a very long time. It's wonderful to do so with my team, Signature-Volkswagen, breaking the dominance of ART Grand Prix. And it's cool to do so at Volkswagen's home track.
"I would have liked to have started higher up the grid, but with so little running on Friday it was very difficult and I'm thrilled that today we did enough to claim the title. Marco and I had a great battle season-long; he's a terrific competitor and very fair, and he came to shake me by the hand after the race. Together, with Laurens, we've driven hard to give Signature a well-earned constructors' title.
"In the race I got a much better feel for the circuit, so tomorrow I hope we can achieve a strong podium finish from third on the grid. That's how I hope to celebrate this championship - I'm holding off on the champagne this afternoon so I can savour the taste tomorrow.
"In 2007 I was rookie champion, and in 2008 I was vice champion. It was frustrating to ultimately lose out to Nico Hulkenberg. It feels great to finally add my name to the list of drivers who've taken this title, including Lewis Hamilton and other stars of Formula One, DTM and Indy Car.
"There will inevitably be speculation as to my next career move. At the moment, the future is unwritten. But I am hopeful my achievements this year will be a boost, and that there are exciting times ahead. Soon I will test an Audi DTM car, and I have had offers from some leading GP2 teams. Over the winter we will have to see what happens. Winning this championship will, I hope, open doors to some sponsors.
Thank you so much to all at Signature and to Volkswagen. Special thanks to Kris Nissen and my father and brother, who have been so supportive and made this fantastic year possible.
OLIVIER BACCHIS (RACE ENGINEER - SIGNATURE TEAM): "The race went very well; better than expected because we had a tough day before and Edo has never raced here before. He overtook two cars at the start and found better pace than in qualifying. We're happy he sealed the title in this way.
"Together with Volkswagen, we worked hard to provide Edo with a car he could drive with confidence. For the past three years Volkswagen have been improving at an impressive rate. A good driver, good engine and good chassis are the ingredients you need to succeed and we had a brilliant recipe this year.
"Edo is part of the family here at Signature. He's 100 percent Italian - he needs the team around him to be totally committed. He didn't feel he had that in GP2 last year. You need a good relationship to extract the best for him. We love him to pieces. We would love to work with him again and will see what happens with GP2 next year, if we're to go there. We will have to wait and see. For now we're concentrating on celebrating Edo's championship and to put on a good show tomorrow."
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