Valencia: Volkswgaen race one report

Formula 3 Euro Series at Valencia (E) Edoardo Mortara: second win of the season "powered by Volkswagen" The third win of the season for Volkswagen, the second one for Edoardo Mortara - the Italian decided Saturday's race of the Formula 3 ...

Formula 3 Euro Series at Valencia (E)

Edoardo Mortara: second win of the season "powered by Volkswagen"

The third win of the season for Volkswagen, the second one for Edoardo Mortara - the Italian decided Saturday's race of the Formula 3 Euro Series at Valencia, Spain, in his favour.

The driver of Volkswagen's partner team Signature put himself in front after starting from the pole position, stayed there up to the finish and extended his lead of the championship standings with his fifth podium place in the series' fifth race of the season. Additional point results "powered by Volkswagen" were scored by Laurens Vanthoor (B) and Kevin Magnussen (DK). Vanthoor, Mortara's team colleague at Signature, pushed forwards to fifth after having started from seventh on the grid, Magnussen with a seventh-place finish immediately clinched his first championship points on his Euro Series debut with the Motopark Academy team.

"A positive start to the Formula 3 weekend for Volkswagen," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "Edoardo Mortara showed a great performance at Valencia and made no mistakes even under the initial pressure. He took the momentum from the past races to this round and has so far consistently clinched podium results. This victory is a well-deserved reward."

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara: "The pole was extremely important"

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara talks about the special aspects of Valencia in an interview and why Saturday's race started as early as in qualitying.

Qualifying at Valencia was special. What were the crucial aspects? Edoardo Mortara: "It's true that this qualifying session was crazy. We drove immediately after the Porsche Carrera Cup's qualifying. The track was still pretty slippery at that time. You could pick up a lot of rubber and quickly ruin your tires that way. In addition, it was much warmer than in the previous races. The secret was to stay very patient and to go out late."

You clinched the second pole position of the year for Volkswagen, for you it was the first one in 2010. How important was the top position on the grid? "Normally, I'd say that a starting position at the front is important but it's not crucial exactly which one it is. But because it's difficult to overtake at Valencia the pole position obviously gives you an extremely good starting base for the race here. But a pole is only good if your start is too. You need good timing and you've got to handle the clutch properly. That went well today."

How difficult was it to actually convert the good starting base into victory? "Today, you had to drive tactically in the race. The track largely consists of slow and only one or two fast turns. It was important to avoid mistakes at first, to keep your rivals at bay but to also attack at the right time and to manage the tyres well. I think I got all that right today."

-source: volkswagen

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Kris Nissen , Edoardo Mortara , Laurens Vanthoor , Kevin Magnussen
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport