DOUBLE PODIUM FINISH FOR MORTARA NUREMBERG (GER) 4 JULY 2010: Edoardo Mortara finished third in today's Formula 3 Euroseries race at Germany's Norisring, having won Race 1 yesterday from pole. Starting eighth today due to the reverse grid,...
DOUBLE PODIUM FINISH FOR MORTARA
NUREMBERG (GER) 4 JULY 2010: Edoardo Mortara finished third in today's Formula 3 Euroseries race at Germany's Norisring, having won Race 1 yesterday from pole.
Starting eighth today due to the reverse grid, the Italian made an excellent start and was up to fifth place at the end of the first lap. Taking Antonio Felix-da-Costa and Roberto Merhi, Edo had elevated himself to third position by lap eight.
Chasing the ARTs of Valtteri Bottas and Alexander Sims, Edo came under increasing pressure from his Signature team mate Marco Whittmann. On lap 22, Edo tried to make a move on the outside of Sims at the hairpin for P2, but it didn't stick. He tried again the following lap, and the result was the same. On lap 25 he managed to get on the inside and braked late - too late as it turns out - because due to the Norisring's bumpy nature, he struggled to slow his car down and made contact with Sims. Both cars were undamaged, but it allowed Whittman through to second place.
On lap 31 Mortara finally passed Sims at the hairpin to take third and managed to close right in on Whittmann's tail as they crossed the finish line.
Taking four points today, and making a total of 15 from the weekend thanks to pole position and victory in Race 1, Edo continues to lead the championship by 15 points ahead of Marco Whittmann.
Race position: 3 / Grid position: 8 / Fastest lap: 0:48.941, lap 39 / Warm and dry, but overcast, 26o. ambient and 39o. track temperature / Drivers' championship standing: =1st, 54 points
EDOARDO MORTARA: "I should be satisfied with a podium, but I'm a little disappointed as I had a car that could win. It wasn't easy to drive as I was using old tyres today and it was moving around so much under braking, but the speed was there as proven by setting the fastest lap of the race.
"I must say sorry to Sims because our contact was completely my fault. I just locked the rear wheels and the car slid ten metres. Fortunately we were both able to continue. Every time I get in the car I try to drive the perfect race, and I made one mistake today so I'm kicking myself. Without it, I would have finished at least second. Still, it was a very good weekend generally which has seen my championship lead grow."
-source: Edoardo Mortara