MORTARA ON THE BACK FOOT IN OSCHERSLEBEN OSCHERSLEBEN (GER) 17 SEPTEMBER 2010: Formula 3 Euro Series championship leader Edoardo Mortara faces a challenging race tomorrow in Oschersleben, located in northern Germany, having qualified ninth this...
MORTARA ON THE BACK FOOT IN OSCHERSLEBEN
OSCHERSLEBEN (GER) 17 SEPTEMBER 2010: Formula 3 Euro Series championship leader Edoardo Mortara faces a challenging race tomorrow in Oschersleben, located in northern Germany, having qualified ninth this afternoon.
It's the first time the 24-year-old has competed at this circuit and with rain falling three minutes into this morning's practice session, he was unable to get sufficient reconnaissance laps under his belt. He finished that session sixth and was then thrown in at the deep end in qualifying. Struggling to thread a fast lap together he set a 1:21.708, which was 1.3 seconds off Valtteri Bottas' blistering pole. Edo's only championship rival, Marco Whitmann, lines up directly behind Edo in tenth. His time was 0.062 seconds shy of Edo's.
This weekend represents match point for Edo, who is 24 points ahead of Whitmann in the title chase, with just the finale in Hockenheim left to run. Each weekend carries a potential 17 points.
Grid position: 9 / Time: 1:21.708 (+1.296) / Conditions: Dry but overcast, 15° ambient and 18.8° track temperature
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EDOARDO MORTARA: "A difficult start to the weekend. I was expecting to struggle here in Oschersleben because I don't know the track, and as many of my competitors raced here last year or test here a lot I am at a disadvantage. Practice was a nightmare, therefore, because I could only get two laps of dry running and in that time I got little feel for the track and the car.
"Come qualifying I wasn't confident enough to push. Valtteri Bottas did an astonishing lap, I was very impressed. He's six tenths ahead of Alexander Sims, who is starting P2, so he must have done a perfect lap.
"Tomorrow is going to be difficult, starting from ninth. We need to aim for a points finish, and then we will see. Obviously having Marco Whitmann behind me is good news for my championship chances, but to be honest my primary aim is always to be super competitive at every track, and I just haven't been today. Tomorrow I hope to find some more speed."
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