Hockenheimring II: Volkswagen weekend summary

Volkswagen driver Mortara is "Vice" Champion of Formula 3 Euro Series Wolfsburg. Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara secured the "vice" champion's title in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series. At the Hockenheim finale the Italian finished sixth, and...

Volkswagen driver Mortara is "Vice" Champion of Formula 3 Euro Series

Wolfsburg. Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara secured the "vice" champion's title in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series. At the Hockenheim finale the Italian finished sixth, and thus in the points, and as the overall runner-up behind the new Champion Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich/Mercedes-Dallara). In addition, the Volkswagen Signature team for the first time clinched second place in the team classification of the leading feeder series for young talent. For Volkswagen, the first full season in the European series ended with a successful tally: on the ten race weekends, the drivers powered by engines from Wolfsburg achieved three victories and a total of 13 podium places.

After a successful qualifying session and grid position three, Edoardo Mortara was headed for the podium in Saturday's race before a drive-through penalty due to driving over a track marking caused him to drop to 18th place. Afterwards, the Italian made a forceful recovery to twelfth place. In the meantime, his team-mate Jean Karl Vernay (France) moved forwards to fifth place after having started from twelfth on the grid. On Sunday, both drivers continued their strong showing: Mortara clinched sixth place while Vernay finished fourth. However, because the race was stopped prematurely after an accident, both drivers were awarded only half of the championship points.

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:

"The Formula 3 engine from the Volkswagen Group has worked extremely well in its first full year in the Formula 3 Euro Series. We were always able to finish among the top ten on our own strength; in addition, the engines were running perfectly. With three victories, Volkswagen not only achieved more than expected, but even more than we'd been secretly hoping for. The good results can be attributed to the first-class teamwork between the engineers, the teams and the drivers. Next year we'll continue our commitment in the Formula 3 Euro Series and again expect to encounter strong rivals and close competition. We'll also maintain our commitment in the ATS Formula Cup and may even add another championship."

#7 - Edoardo Mortara (I) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 3 - race 1: place 12 - race 2: place 6

"Having won the 'vice' champion's title with Volkswagen is great. At the beginning of the season, nobody thought we'd be able to do that. It was an intensive season. With the new engine and the new chassis, we had to gather a lot of experience. I'm also tremendously happy for my team, Signature; second place in the team standings is a fantastic success for us. Now we're going to prepare for Macao: I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to finish the year there with a good result."

#30 - Jean Karl Vernay (F) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 12 - race 1: place 5 - race 2: place 4

"The season finale was a good race weekend for me. Unfortunately, the gearbox wasn't functioning properly in the qualifying, which prevented a better grid position. In the first race, I made up several places; fourth place in the second race was okay too. All in all, I had a good year with Volkswagen and Signature. The start of the season was a bit unfortunate for me, but in the second half I was regularly among the front runners. A better place than eighth overall would have been possible."

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg , Kris Nissen , Edoardo Mortara , Jean-Karl Vernay
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport