MORTARA REMAINS UPBEAT DESPITE FRUSTRATING WEEKEND AT LE MANS Signature team driver Edoardo Mortara has endured a frustrating weekend at the penultimate round of the Formula 3 Euroseries in Le Mans, France. Nonethess, Edoardo comes home from Le...
MORTARA REMAINS UPBEAT DESPITE FRUSTRATING WEEKEND AT LE MANS
Signature team driver Edoardo Mortara has endured a frustrating weekend at the penultimate round of the Formula 3 Euroseries in Le Mans, France. Nonethess, Edoardo comes home from Le Mans maintaining second place in the title race before the final meeting of the year. Although his chances of winning the prestigious F3 Euroseries championship - which he led for the first half of the season - are now gone, the French-Italian driver is determined to claim the runner-up spot.
The circuit de La Sarthe in central France is best-known for the 24-hour endurance classic that is held in June, but this weekend it also played host to the highly-competitive Formula 3 Euroseries, through which several Grand Prix stars such as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have recently passed.
The real action at the Le Mans weekend began with a free practice session on Friday, during which Edoardo set fourth-quickest time, having been fastest of all in the second and third sectors of the lap. This promising start clearly showed the speed that was in the Volkswagen-powered car, but the qualifying session unfortunately degenerated into chaos. In the midst of several incidents, a number of drivers overtook under yellow flags - which led to their times being scrubbed.
Edoardo ended up with 17th on the grid, having lost out considerably as he legitimately slowed for the cars that had gone off during the session. When it came to the first race on Saturday, held in dry conditions, he made an excellent getaway to profit from some confusion at the start. The Signature team driver made a number if assertive moves to cross the finish line in ninth after making up eight places. Whilst Edoardo claimed one championship point (as the person in front was not eligible to score) it was unfortunately not quite enough for him to keep his title hopes alive.
For race two, Edoardo started ninth on the grid. Once more though, there was drama in store. After a small contact with another competitor, Edoardo spun and tumbled back down the order to 17th. Due to race incident and rain appearing the race was then red-flagged for 15 minutes. Under the Formula 3 Euroseries rules, this time is not deducted from the total race time. As a result, just three laps were left by the time the action resumed and Edoardo could only manage to finish 14th.
"It was one of those quite messy weekends," said the 21 year-old. "From the beginning we had strange situations like yellow flags, people getting penalised, and then bad weather. It was quite hard for me to settle into a good rhythm. Our time in free practice, where we were fourth, showed exactly what we were capable of and this was much more representative of our level. But for a variety of reasons we weren't able to carry this form through to qualifying and the races, which is frustrating. The positive side is that this was only due to a very specific set of circumstances, which hopefully we will not see again this year. Now I'm going to concentrate all my efforts on securing second place in this highly competitive championship, which should be achievable. I've got every confidence that Signature and Volkswagen will give me all the opportunities I need."