Formula 3 Euro Series at the Nuremberg Norisring Three Volkswagen drivers on the podium -- Mortara still in front Wolfsburg. Podium places and overall lead for the Volkswagen drivers: As many as three drivers from the Volkswagen Signature...
Formula 3 Euro Series at the Nuremberg Norisring
Three Volkswagen drivers on the podium -- Mortara still in front
Wolfsburg. Podium places and overall lead for the Volkswagen drivers: As many as three drivers from the Volkswagen Signature team, Jean Karl Vernay (France), Edoardo Mortara (Italy) and Robert Wickens (Canada), clinched podium positions at races seven and eight of the Formula 3 Euro Series in Nuremberg. Vernay achieved positions three and four, Mortara - with places four and three -- defended his lead of the standings and Wickens as the runner-up on Sunday crowned the successful weekend of the Wolfsburg engines.
In the qualifying on Friday, fractions of a second decided the grid positions on the fast, but merely 2.3-kilometre long, Norisring. Red Bull Junior Jean Karl Vernay in sixth place was the quickest driver "powered by Volkswagen", while the leader of the standings, Edoardo Mortara, without slipstream had to settle for tenth place. In the first race, both managed a leap forwards: Vernay finished third, clinching his best result of the season, while Mortara in fourth place scored additional, crucial points in the fight for the championship. After finishing the first race in seventh place, Red Bull Junior Robert Wickens started to Sunday's race in second place - the starting order of the first four rows reflects the reverse results of race one - and perfectly converted his good starting position into his first podium result, followed by Mortara and Vernay in positions three and four.
In the overall standings, Edoardo Mortara with a score of 40 points, extended his lead ahead of Nico Hulkenberg from Emmerich (Mercedes Dallara, 25 points). Franck Mailleux from the Volkswagen Signature team - who finished out of the points at the Norisring - follows in seventh place with 15 points in front of Vernay with 11.5. Thanks to the large number of points scored at the Norisring, Philippe Sinault's squad also extended the lead in the team classification of the Formula 3 Euro Series.
Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"We're highly satisfied with our result at the Norisring. On this city circuit top speed is crucial and the Formula 3 engine from the Volkswagen Group proved its competitiveness yet again. In the race, our drivers made better use of the potential than in qualifying".
#7 - Edoardo Mortara (I) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 10 - race 1: place 4 - race 2: place 3
"It was a good weekend for us and I managed extending my advantage in the standings. In the qualifying I was, unfortunately, lacking slipstream. Instead, I was fortunate during an incident on Sunday. After landing backwards in the guard rail during the starting commotion, I thought my race was over. But my team managed repairing my Volkswagen Dallara before the re-start."
#30 - Jean Karl Vernay (F) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 6 - race 1: place 3 - race 2: place 4
"Basically, we did a pretty good job, even though a bit more might have been possible. Sixth place on the grid gave me a good starting position, and the first podium finish on Saturday was a great exploit. In the second race I scored points as well. I can build on this, I'm looking forward to Zandvoort."
#35 - Robert Wickens (CDN) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: place 15 - race 1: place 7 - race 2: place 2
"Standing on the podium at my second weekend in the Formula 3 Euro Series is fantastic. The Norisring was new for me, but I got along with the track very quickly. In the qualifying I made a small mistake, I could have done better there. In the first session I was able to clinch a good grid position for the second race. I managed a good start to that race as well and finished it as the runner-up. The Signature team and the Volkswagen engine are a strong package."