Two victories at Brands Hatch - Volkswagen wins championship With two victories and a total of four podium places at the race weekend at Brands Hatch Volkswagen secured the champion's title in the Formula 3 Euro Series early. At the UK round...
Two victories at Brands Hatch - Volkswagen wins championship
With two victories and a total of four podium places at the race weekend at Brands Hatch Volkswagen secured the champion's title in the Formula 3 Euro Series early. At the UK round the drivers "powered by Volkswagen" impressively dominated their rivals with Mercedes engines. Edoardo Mortara (Italy), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Marco Wittmann (Germany) clinched a triumphant one-two-three result in the first race on Saturday for the Volkswagen partner team Signature. On Sunday the Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa from the Motopark Academy team crossed the finish line in first place for the third time in a row at a Sunday race of the Formula 3 Euro Series.
After a tremendous start in Saturday's race Mortara shot forwards to the front of the field after having started from third place and would not relinquish the lead again up to crossing the finish line. On Sunday the race was less fortunate for the Italian: shortly after the start he had an unfortunate collision with his team colleague Laurens Vanthoor in the notorious Paddock Hill Bend and retired. Instead, Antonio Felix da Costa delivered a convincing, flawless start-finish victory. For the leader in the rookie standings this marked as much as the third consecutive Sunday exploit following his wins at the Nurburgring and at Zandvoort.
Despite his retirement, 23-year-old Edoardo Mortata continues to enjoy a commanding overall lead and is clearly the favourite for the champion's title. With a score of 87 points he has a 24-point lead over his Signature team colleague Marco Wittmann, who after taking fifth place on Sunday remains Mortara's only rival in the contest for the title win. Consequently, two race weekends before the end of the season it is clear that the new champion will definitely be a driver of the Volkswagen Signature team.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director: "The Formula 3 Euro Series race weekend at Brands Hatch was very successful for Volkswagen, its teams and drivers. We saw a tremendous one-two-three win yesterday and today celebrated Volkswagen Formula 3 win number 48 out of 57 possible victories this year. This means we've won the third Formula 3 Championship early this year. The collision between Mortara and Vanthoor was a completely normal racing accident in my book. A driver who overtakes on the outside always takes a certain risk. With his victory on Saturday Edoardo Mortara continued to extend his lead of the standings and still has perfect chances of winning the title."
#5 - Edoardo Mortara (Italy) - Volkswagen Dallara F309 -
Qualifying: 3rd place - race 1: 1st place - race 2: retirement after collision
"It's a frustrating situation. First, the great victory on Saturday and then the second race in a row in which I retired after an accident with a team colleague. From now on, I'll fully concentrate on scoring points in order to not jeopardise my chances of winning the title."
#13 - Antonio Felix da Costa (Portugal) - Volkswagen
Dallara F308 - Team Motopark Academy
Qualifying: 13th place - race 1: 8th place - race 2: 1st place
"I'm very happy that I clinched victory again on Sunday. Maybe we should only be driving on Sundays. It was more difficult this time than it was at the Nurburgring and at Zandvoort but fortunately overtaking is almost impossible here. The main thing was to drive without making mistakes, and I managed to do that."
#6 - Marco Wittmann (Markt Erlbach) - Volkswagen Dallara
F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 2nd place - race 1: 3rd place - race 2: 5th place
"Unfortunately, I made a poor start in the first race which immediately cost me two places. But on the whole we had a good pace with the car. I still believe in my chances and will fight up to the very end. 34 points are yet to be awarded. The title win is a great thing for Volkswagen and Signature, especially after such a long barren spell without titles."
#14 - Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) - Volkswagen Dallara F308
- Team Signature
Qualifying: 1st place - race 1: 2nd place - race 2: 7th place
"Due to my poor start the race on Saturday was very unfortunate because I'd been hoping for victory especially here at Brands Hatch after having started from the pole position. The early championship win is a huge success which our team deserves. Unfortunately, the celebration is marred a little by the accident with Edoardo. I stayed on my line, he wanted to pass on the outside - and then we unfortunately collided. I think it was a racing accident in which none of the drivers is solely at fault."