Volkswagen in the Formula 3 Euro Series Overwhelming will to win: Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara Edoardo Mortara has written history with Volkswagen: On the last Formula 3 Euro Series race-weekend in Pau, France the 21-year old claimed the...
Volkswagen in the Formula 3 Euro Series
Overwhelming will to win: Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara has written history with Volkswagen: On the last Formula 3 Euro Series race-weekend in Pau, France the 21-year old claimed the first victory with the new, near 210 hp Formula 3 engine from the Volkswagen Group. Also a milestone for himself as, in the process, he took the overall championship lead in the world's most important motorsport talent factory. A joyous moment made possible by the intensive efforts of innumerable engineers, technicians his team and obviously Mortara himself.
One thing in particular is quickly apparent about Edoardo Mortara: The "star of tomorrow" talent is extremely focussed, leaves nothing to chance. On track the same as in his preparation. Over the winter, the 1.82 metre tall athlete trained harder than ever before, found an apartment close to the base of his Signature team in Bourges, France and concentrated all his energies on one target: Year two in the Formula 3 Euro Series. How can this championship be used as career springboard? "A good team and a strong engine are musts - with Signature and Volkswagen I have both," says Mortara convinced.
Volkswagen and Signature form winning component
The Signature equip under Philippe Sinault has been active in the Formula 3 Euro Series since its inception, and with ten race wins and innumerable successes in international Formula 3 Grand Prix events is also one of the most reputable addresses on the scene. With its remarkable tradition - between 1979 and 1994 the Wolfsburg developed engine celebrated countless victories - Volkswagen also carries a lot of weight in Formula 3. "To be able pick-up on our successful history we had to force our involvement as engine supplier logically from the very beginning. The constructive cooperation within our concern, for example with Audi, made this promising return possible," says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "Team and engine are, however, only a part of everything: Only a racing driver who can fully exploit the latent potential has success. Edoardo Mortara has this ability and combines it with extraordinary driving talent and incredible tenacity."
Wide-ranging qualities are required of the budding Formula 1 stars in order to stand-out above the close completion in the Euro Series. Edoardo Mortara lists the most important: "Enormous self-confidence and excellent concentration. To avoid mistakes and never give up, to always give more than the others on and off the track. Perhaps you can summaries it as follows: The overwhelming will to win is decisive. I have this."
Just for fun: He started in hire kart
What today sounds very determined actually started rather casually: "It started with a family trip to a hire-kart circuit. I had fun, was quick from the start and at some point or other the idea to race cropped up," says Mortara looking back. Mortara born in Geneva has both an Italian and French passport. His family has supported him from the beginning, and is today an important source of advice for "Edo". After scores of wins in karts Mortara swapped to race cars in 2006 and celebrated a much observed march through the ranks with victory in the Euro Formula 3 "Rookie" classification in 2007.
Driving ability and social skills
Motorsport is the undisputed number one in his life, but Mortara also knows that something other than braking points, spring rates and wing settings counts: "To become the almost perfect racing driver is one thing - but even above this is developing to become a good personality. Because you work with many people in motorsport every day it is certainly helpful if you are well mannered." He even shares the apartment with Signature team mate Franck Mailleux, whose current fourth position overall in the standings underlines Volkswagen's and Signature's excellent start.
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil - these now famous "young guns" very quickly made the step up to Formula 1 after competing in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Will Edoardo be the next? His clear answer: "I aim to be a professional racing driver and this at a very high level. It goes without saying that Formula 1 is a dream, but I could also envisage a future in DTM, sportscar racing or an American based series."