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Edoardo Mortara now a two times’ Macau winner!

Edoardo Mortara (Signature) wrote motorsport history at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit. The Italian became the first driver to win the Macau Grand Prix, the unofficial Formula 3 World Finale. Thus, the reigning Formula 3 Euro Series champion crowned his successful season. He was followed home by Laurens Vanthoor (Signature), Valtteri Bottas (Prema Powerteam) and Marco Wittmann (Signature). Six of the eight best-placed drivers in the Macau Grand Prix raced in this year’s Formula 3 Euro Series.

At the start of the race, Mortara claimed the lead from pole position. After the first safety car intervention which was caused by a startline crash, Daniel Abt (Signature) and Laurens Vanthoor overtook Mortara. The latter used the restart after another safety car intervention due to an accident of Daniel Abt to claim back the lead of the race. Eventually, 23-year old Mortara scored a safe win from Vanthoor, Bottas and Witmann. Fifth place for Renger van der Zande (Motopark Academy) was a good result for his team in its first participation in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Edoardo Mortara (Signature): “Having made history with my second victory in Macau is a great honour for me. It wasn’t easy, because especially Laurens, Valtteri and Daniel were tough opponents. I had to give 120 percent and drive like in qualifying to pull a gap in order to prevent the drivers behind me from getting a slipstream.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Signature): “The second safety car intervention didn’t help me, because Edoardo was able to overtake me out of the slipstream. However, I am happy with second place, Edoardo was just too fast today. He has deserved to be in the history books now.”

Valtteri Bottas (Prema Powerteam): “I am especially happy for my team Prema and for Mercedes with this third place. My problem is that Marco Wittmann overtook me at the second restart. When I had finally been able to get my position back, Edoardo and Laurens were already too far away.”

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Mortara remains the man to beat in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

In the qualification race at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit, the Italian drove an undisputed victory home. Laurens Vanthoor (Signature) and Daniel Abt (Signature) followed him across the finish line. Valtteri Bottas (Prema Powerteam) in fourth and Marco Wittmann (Signature) in fifth place made sure that four of the first four drivers are coming from the ranks of the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Mortara only had to battle for his position at the start of the opening lap, from which he returned with a margin of over two seconds. After that, the only thing the defending Macau Grand Prix winner had to do was avoid making mistakes and to maintain his advantage. Second place for Laurens Vanthoor wasn’t in danger for a long time either, once he had overtaken Daniel Abt on lap three. Abt, however, was involved in a hot battle with Bottas, Wittmann and Roberto Merhi (Prema Powerteam). The Macau rookie, who has already signed a contract with Signature to race in the Formula 3 Euro Series next season, showed a strong performance and prevailed in an impressive way.

Edoardo Mortara (Signature): “My start was not so good, but I could claim back the lead on the first lap. When my margin was big enough, I backed off a little bit. This victory is nice, but the really important thing is tomorrow, because that is when the main race of the weekend is on.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Signature): “I was stuck between other drivers right after the start and lost positions as a result, but I could get it back in the first three laps. When my margin over the drivers behind me was big enough, I safely drove second place home. Edoardo is the favourite for tomorrow’s race, but I will try everything to beat him. Victory at Macau would be a dream.”

Valtteri Bottas (Prema Powerteam): “I had some bad luck as I hardly had any slipstream on the straights. But from fourth place on the grid, nothing is lost yet. I am still a contender for victory at Macau in 2010.

Abu Dhabi Test, Day 4

The Renault F1 Team completed a final day of testing in Abu Dhabi as Robert Kubica remained behind the wheel of the R30 to continue evaluating the new Pirelli tyres.

Robert Kubica: “It has been quite a productive day and it’s good to complete so many laps on the new tyres. Like yesterday we ran with both compounds and collected a lot of data, which will be useful for us and for Pirelli as well. Overall it has been a positive couple of days and now we have to try and extract as many conclusions as we can from the data. My initial feeling is good and it seemed that the tyres got better as the track conditions improved throughout the day.”

Technical Debrief with Alan Permane, Chief Engineer

“We’ve had a second useful day on the Pirelli tyres and managed to complete medium length runs on both the soft and medium compounds without any significant issues. This allowed us to start understanding the tyre characteristics and assess the degradation rates. We struggled with some understeer today, which we never totally got rid of, so we still need to try and understand that. Over the next couple months we will continue building our relationship with Pirelli by exchanging data so that we’re ready for winter testing to resume next February.”

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Formula 3 Euro Series 2010

Valtteri Bottas wins, Edoardo Mortara new champion

Edoardo Mortara
is the new Formula 3 Euro Series’ champion.
For the 23-year old Italian, sixth place at Oschersleben was enough, as his
only remaining rival Marco Wittmann (Signature) only finished one place
behind Mortara. The Signature driver claimed the maiden drivers’ title in the
Formula 3 Euro Series for his engine partner Volkswagen. Victory at the
3.696 kilomtres long Motorsport Arena Oschersleben was claimed by
Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix) from Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix) and
António Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy).

For Bottas, who dominated the race and won with a margin of 22.141 seconds, it
was the first win in a Saturday race of the Formula 3 Euro Series. With his third
place, Félix da Costa scored the first Saturday podium finish for his team in the
home round of his Motopark Academy squad. Before that, the leader in the rookie
standings, who himself scored his first-ever top three result on a Saturday, won
three Sunday races in a row.

Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix): “On Saturday, I have been second so many
times and now, I finally have my first win. Therefore, this success is a very special
one for me. Today, my car was really good. I think that tracks where more
downforce is needed, just suit our car better.”

Alexander Sims (ART Grand Prix): “On lap four, I came next to the track and I
damaged my tyre. After that, second place was all I could do.”

António Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy): “I know the track at
Oschersleben very well and I like to race here. We were able to improve and we
are getting closer and closer to the front-runners. Scoring a podium finish on
Saturday was my goal and I have achieved that.”

Edoardo Mortara: “It is great that I am the new champion. I was
already very happy with my victory at Macau last year, but this success is one
step higher as it is not just one race. Throughout the year, we have been able to
win races and claim pole positions.”