Oschersleben: Series race 1 report

Valtteri Bottas wins, Edoardo Mortara new champion Edoardo Mortara (Signature) is the new Formula 3 Euro Series' champion. For the 23-year old Italian, sixth place at Oschersleben was enough, as his only remaining rival Marco Wittmann...

Valtteri Bottas wins, Edoardo Mortara new champion

Edoardo Mortara (Signature) is the new Formula 3 Euro Series' champion. For the 23-year old Italian, sixth place at Oschersleben was enough, as his only remaining rival Marco Wittmann (Signature) only finished one place behind Mortara. The Signature driver claimed the maiden drivers' title in the Formula 3 Euro Series for his engine partner Volkswagen.

Victory at the 3.696 kilomtres long Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was claimed by Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix) from Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix) and António Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy).

For Bottas, who dominated the race and won with a margin of 22.141 seconds, it was the first win in a Saturday race of the Formula 3 Euro Series. With his third place, Félix da Costa scored the first Saturday podium finish for his team in the home round of his Motopark Academy squad. Before that, the leader in the rookie standings, who himself scored his first-ever top three result on a Saturday, won three Sunday races in a row.

Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix): "On Saturday, I have been second so many times and now, I finally have my first win. Therefore, this success is a very special one for me. Today, my car was really good. I think that tracks where more downforce is needed, just suit our car better."

Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix): "On lap four, I came next to the track and I damaged my tyre. After that, second place was all I could do."

António Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy): "I know the track at Oschersleben very well and I like to race here. We were able to improve and we are getting closer and closer to the front-runners. Scoring a podium finish on Saturday was my goal and I have achieved that."

Edoardo Mortara (Signature): "It is great that I am the new champion. I was already very happy with my victory at Macau last year, but this success is one step higher as it is not just one race. Throughout the year, we have been able to win races and claim pole positions."

Air temperature: 14.0 °C
Track temperature: 17.3 °C

-source: eurof3 series

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Edoardo Mortara , Marco Wittmann , Alexander Sims , Valtteri Bottas , Antonio Felix da Costa
Teams ART Grand Prix