MORTARA MAKES HISTORY IN MACAU - Italian becomes the first driver to win the F3 Grand Prix twice - MACAU (CHN) 21 NOVEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara has won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix - the world cup of Formula 3 - for the second consecutive...
MORTARA MAKES HISTORY IN MACAU
- Italian becomes the first driver to win the F3 Grand Prix twice -
MACAU (CHN) 21 NOVEMBER 2010: Edoardo Mortara has won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix - the world cup of Formula 3 - for the second consecutive year.
Former Macau winners include Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, but this is the first time in the Formula 3 grand prix's 28-year history that a driver has won it twice. Mortara has done it back-to-back, earning himself the nickname Mr Macau.
The 23-year-old made a strong start from pole position and managed to keep all his pursuers at bay. However, a start line crash prompted two laps of the safety car and at the restart the Cicuito da Guai's long straight allowed both Daniel Abt and Laurens Vanthoor to get a tow. They passed their Signature team-mate before Lisboa, demoting Mortara to third. Rookie Abt led but crashed heavily seconds later at Paiol, summoning the safety car for a second time. When it came in, Edo took advantage and slipstreamed Vanthoor to re-seize the lead. From there, he accelerated all the way to the chequered flag.
EDOARDO MORTARA: "It feels superb to win again and it's a great honour for me to be a small part of motorsport history. Every year the competition at this race is really tough. Today was a big challenge. Laurens [Vanthoor] and Valtteri [Bottas] were pushing me really hard.
I've got quite a lot of experience here and know that if you haven't got a big gap to the car behind as you exit the last corner, they will overtake you. I thought I had enough when the first safety car came in, but unfortunately that was not the case and they Laurens and Daniel [Abt] passed me right at the end of the straight. Daniel then crashed and he wasn't moving as we came past the wreck behind the safety car, so I really hope he's okay.
At the second restart I got close enough to Laurens on the straight to pass him, and from there I pushed like hell. More than in qualifying. I gave it everything - every corner I was close to touching the wall. I risked it all to create a gap.
The best part was seeing my guys cheering from the pitwall as I took the chequered flag. I love my Signature boys. Huge thanks to them and to Volkswagen for giving me a fantastic car and fantastic support. This is a sensational end to the perfect year for us."
-source: Edoardo Mortara