MORTARA TRIPPED UP BY TEAM-MATE WHITTMANN ZANDVOORT (NED) 22 AUGUST 2010: Formula 3 Euro Series championship leader Edoardo Mortara failed to score for the first time this season when he suffered contact with his Signature team-mate Marco ...
MORTARA TRIPPED UP BY TEAM-MATE WHITTMANN
ZANDVOORT (NED) 22 AUGUST 2010: Formula 3 Euro Series championship leader Edoardo Mortara failed to score for the first time this season when he suffered contact with his Signature team-mate Marco Whittmann on Lap 1 of Race 2 today at Zandvoort. The Italian recovered to finish 11th.
Having won yesterday's race here in the North Sea dunes, Edo started in eighth this morning. He was up to seventh after Turn 1. That put him on Whittmann's tail and the two entered Turn 10, the chicane, side-by-side. Edo was on the outside - the correct line for the chicane - and braked later than the German. Whittmann tagged the right-rear wheel of Edo's car, and spun the Italian round. Rejoining at the back of the 14 car field, Edo pushed hard for the remaining 25 laps, setting the fastest lap along the way, and lapping consistently a second quicker than the leader, Antonio Felix da Costa.
Whittmann finished in the sixth place he and Edo had battled for, earning one point. Edo still heads the championship with a commanding 22 point lead.
Race position: 11 / Grid position: 8 / Fastest lap: 1:32.750, lap 5 / Dry and breezy, 21o. ambient and 24o. track temperature / Drivers' championship standing: =1st, 77 points
EDOARDO MORTARA: "I'm a bit disappointed as we were really quick today. The contact at the beginning of the race really ruined a possible good result. After the contact, the floor was touching yet my fastest lap was still five tenths quicker than the next best.
"Marco and I were side-by-side into Turn 10. I broke a lot later than him and was ahead turning into the corner. I was on the outside, calculating that I would be on the inside for the switchback, and therefore have the advantage. To avoid contact I gave him plenty of room on the inside. I think Marco released the brake too early and clouted my right rear. It's a shame that this has happened between team-mates. We'll look at the video replay tomorrow.
"We mustn't let it get us down, though. The whole package is working well and we just have to move forward today and look ahead to scoring some good points in Brands Hatch. This weekend I scored pole position and won Race 1, so I have further extended my title lead."
-source: Edoardo Mortara