Volkswagen Formula 3 Champion Mortara with Audi in the DTM
A career boost thanks to Volkswagen Power: The young racer Edoardo Mortara moves up into the DTM.
The 24-year-old will be driving an Audi A4 DTM in the future, marking another milestone in his still young motorsport career. The Italian had previously won the prestigious Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau twice with Volkswagen and dominated the Formula 3 Euro Series.
"Congratulations to Edoardo Mortara. He really deserves this next step in his career that will take him into the DTM and thus into one of the world's most important and toughest racing series," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "Volkswagen's Formula 3 programme pursues two aims: One of them is to demonstrate technological expertise and the other is to spot top talents in racing at an early stage and to give them opportunities to advance. We have achieved both of these aims in the past season with Edoardo Mortara at the top. I am sure that we will be hearing a lot of positive news about in the DTM as well."
Mortara's career so far has been shaped by formula racing. After starting in kart racing Mortara switched to Formula Renault. In 2007 he contested his first Formula 3 Euro Series season which he finished in eighth place as the best rookie. 2008 saw him clinch his first victory with Volkswagen Power plus the "vice champion's" title in the leading junior formula series. In 2009 Mortara switched to the GP2 series before returning to the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2010 when he dominated the season with Volkswagen's partner team Signature - seven victories, five pole positions and an early title win speak for themselves. In addition, he celebrated victories at the Formula 3 world finale in Macau in 2009 and 2010, which makes him the only driver to date to have won the world-famous city street race twice in a row. In 2011 the native of Geneva, who holds an Italian and a French passport, will take the wheel for Audi Sport Team Rosberg.