Mortara wins wet first race in Spain In pouring rain, Edoardo Mortara (Signature-Plus) came out on top. The Italian won the 15th season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 2.977 kilometres long Circuit de Catalunya. Nico Hülkenberg (ASM Formule 3) and Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3) completed the podium. Sébastien Buemi (Mücke Motorsport), Grosjean’s fiercest rivals in the battle for the title in the world’s strongest junior racing series, failed to score points in the Barcelona region.
At the start, Hülkenberg took the lead. On lap eight, he locked up under braking and briefly came off the track. In the process, he lost two positions as Mortara and Dillmann wend past him. The German fought, overtook Dillmann on lap 17 and secured second place behind Mortara. For the Italian, it was already his second victory in the Euro Series after his success at Brands Hatch.
Grosjean crossed the finish line in third place, but he was given a one minute time penalty after the race because on the starting grid, the mechanics had been working on his car longer than admitted. He appealed against the decision, which has a delaying effect on the penalty. Thus, he was allowed to keep his third place for the time being. As a result, Grosjean extended his margin in the championship over Buemi to twelve points.
Edoardo Mortara (Signature-Plus): “I am very, very happy. My start was excellent and it was the key to this success. Bar a slight error early on, my race was flawless.”
Nico Hülkenberg (ASM Formule 3): “Up to lap eight, it was almost perfect. Then I made a mistake and lost the lead. Too bad, because I was quick enough to win the race.”
Romain Grosjean (ASM Formule 3): “I have driven a good race without any mistakes and I made it onto the podium after having started 14th. I am very happy.”
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