VANTHOOR TAKES MORTARA OUT AT TURN 1 BRANDS HATCH (GBR) 5 SEPTEMBER 2010: The winner in yesterday's Formula 3 Euro Series showdown at Brands Hatch, Edoardo Mortara's second race of the weekend ended very prematurely when he exited at Paddock...
VANTHOOR TAKES MORTARA OUT AT TURN 1
BRANDS HATCH (GBR) 5 SEPTEMBER 2010: The winner in yesterday's Formula 3 Euro Series showdown at Brands Hatch, Edoardo Mortara's second race of the weekend ended very prematurely when he exited at Paddock Hill Bend and hit the tyre wall.
The Italian had started in eighth position and attempted to pass Signature team-mate Laurens Vanthoor around the outside of the first turn, just as he had in Race 1 to snatch the lead. However, today the move was less successful. Despite Mortara's nose being ahead of him, Vanthoor allowed himself to drift wide and bang wheels with Mortara, making the rear of Edo's car jump. This threw Edo across the gravel trap and he hit the tyre wall backwards at high speed, smashing his rear suspension.
The stewards investigated the accident but judged it to be a racing incident and no action was taken against Vanthoor, who finished seventh and out of the points.
Mortara's other team-mate and championship rival Marco Whittmann finished fifth, earning two points and cutting Edo's championship lead to 24.
Race position: DNF lap 1 / Grid position: 8 / Fastest lap: n/a / Cloudy but dry / Drivers' championship standing: =1st, 87 points
EDOARDO MORTARA: "I did a pretty good start, better than my team-mates in front of me but it wasn't enough to pass them before the first corner. We had Marco [Whittmann] in front and Laurens [Vanthoor] was alongside me. It was quite similar to yesterday, but this time I was further ahead. I knew Laurens had to brake harder because he had Marco in front and, as I was positioned on the outside, it should have been really straightforward. I was faster than both my team-mates and could have passed them both with this move. I left more room than yesterday so as to limit any chance of contact. I think Laurens forced the entry of the corner and, with cold tyres and a lack of downforce due to Marco being directly in front of him, he managed to slide. His car hit my sidepod and right rear wheel hard, which made the car jump in the air and head straight for the barriers.
"I'm a bit upset, honestly, because we're into the last few races of the championship and I'm looking to extend my lead. I wanted to score points today and was on course to do so. It's frustrating because Laurens is not fighting for the championship, so if he finishes sixth, seventh or eighth it doesn't change anything. For me, it changes a lot! But this is racing, it's part of the game. I leave Brands with two more points over Marco, but I'd rather hoped for more. He's consistently picking up these points, and I cannot afford too many races like today's."
-source: edoardo mortara PR