MORTARA STORMS TO NORISRING POLE NUREMBERG (GER) 2 JULY 2010: Formula 3 Euroseries championship leader Edoardo Mortara qualified in pole position at the Norisring street circuit today, in Nuremberg, Germany. The Italian dominated the session...
MORTARA STORMS TO NORISRING POLE
NUREMBERG (GER) 2 JULY 2010: Formula 3 Euroseries championship leader Edoardo Mortara qualified in pole position at the Norisring street circuit today, in Nuremberg, Germany.
The Italian dominated the session up to the moment Valtteri Bottas popped six hundredths of a second ahead of Edo's time with just two minutes of the session left to run. Mortara responded with his two fastest laps of the day, cracking the 49 second barrier and claiming pole.
In addition, the Signature driver was fastest in this morning's practice session.
Grid position: 1 / Time: 48.963 / Hot and dry, 34. ambient and 46. track temperature
EDOARDO MORTARA: "I'm very happy with my speed today, having topped the charts this morning and this afternoon. Another great performance by the Signature team and Volkswagen - we got a lot out of the car today.
"I had one little spin in qualifying when I was pushing hard and went to overtake my team mate, Marco Whittmann. I braked on a dirty part of the circuit and lost the car, but recovered well and punched in the two fastest times of the day in those remaining two laps.
"On my final flying lap I crossed the line seven tenths too late for it to count, but I went even faster than my official pole time.
"I like the Norisring very much. I love all the street circuits I've raced on, and this one's fun, but it's a bit like a toy track because it's such a short lap and there are only really four corners. It's also very bumpy in the braking zones, which is a challenge. But overtaking is much easier than on other tracks on the calendar, with a long straight leading into a hairpin.
"My intention, of course, is to take a lights-to-flag victory tomorrow, but the ability to pass here could work in my favour in Race 2. I think it's going to be a really good weekend."