Zandvoort: Volkswagen race one report

Volkswagen driver Mortara clinches fifth victory of the season Wolfsburg (21 August 2010). Edoardo Mortara remains the dominant driver in the Formula 3 Euro Series at Zandvoort, too. The driver of the Volkswagen partner team Signature captured...

Volkswagen driver Mortara clinches fifth victory of the season

Wolfsburg (21 August 2010). Edoardo Mortara remains the dominant driver in the Formula 3 Euro Series at Zandvoort, too. The driver of the Volkswagen partner team Signature captured his fifth win in the eleventh round of the year in the ultra-competitive junior series.

Mortara had secured the pole position in qualifying and at the start converted his good starting base into the lead which he would not relinquish again throughout the race. The 23-year-old thus extended his points advantage in the overall classification.

Another driver "powered by Volkswagen", the German Marco Wittmann, finished the race on the demanding Dutch dune circuit on the podium as well. The Signature driver had also started from the first row but then lost one position to Valtteri Bottas at the start. He crossed the finish line just barely half a second behind the Finn. Laurens Vanthoor (B/Signature) in seventh place and António Félix da Costa from the Volkswagen customer team Motopark Academy in eighth place celebrated finishes in the points as well. Vanthoor had secured fourth place in qualifying but had been turned around by a rival on lap one, which caused him to lose some positions.

"Edoardo has again shown a strong performance," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "Five victories in eleven races so far and a total of nine podium places are an impressive track record. Since we never won at Zandvoort in previous races over the past few years, I'm very pleased to see that we managed to win this time because Zandvoort is one of the most difficult circuits on the calendar of the Formula 3 Euro Series."

Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara: "The season is still long"

Wolfsburg (21 August 2010). Volkswagen driver Edoardo Mortara talks about his chances of winning the title and the secret of his success in an interview.

You clinched your fourth consecutive pole position this weekend. In the race on Saturday you managed to achieve your fifth victory on the sixth race weekend. Why are things going so well?

Edoardo Mortara: "Actually, there's no secret behind it. I simply try to do a good job. Our car is very fast at the moment, that's why our results are so good. But there's a lot more work behind it than meets the eye. The most important thing is not to make any mistakes."

What part does Volkswagen have in your string of exploits? "Without Volkswagen I wouldn't be here now. After the disappointing GP2 season last year they gave me the opportunity to contest the Formula 3 Euro Series again. I'm very happy about that."

You now have a 23-point lead in the standings. Can anyone still stop you in the title fight? "I'm not even thinking about the championship yet. There will be three more race weekends after Zandvoort. A lot can still happen. My goal is to continue fighting for victories in the forthcoming races as well."

Was the victory at Zandvoort a special one for you? "After having suffered considerable misfortune at the Formula 3 Masters in June here, where I only finished in fifth place, I wanted to do clearly better this time. That's why I was highly motivated before the race weekend and wanted to show that I'm capable of fighting for victory."

-source: volkswagen

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Kris Nissen , Edoardo Mortara , Valtteri Bottas , Laurens Vanthoor , Antonio Felix da Costa
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport