Mortara: “Hopefully there will be more of these in the future”

Credit: Audi Media Centre

Edoardo Mortara claimed his first podium as a Mercedes DTM driver with third place at the Norisring.

The Mercedes driver had been in fifth place coming into the final lap of the race when Marco Wittmann and Mattias Ekström battling ahead of him made contact, bringing Mortara back into the battle for third place.

The trio rounded the final turn three abreast as they headed to the line, with Mortara taking third place at the line by 0.002 seconds over Ekström in fourth and 0.027 seconds over Wittmann in fifth.

“When you’re in a fight like that with two other guys, it’s like a drag race from the last turn to the finish line. It was tough, but ultimately it went my way and I had my nose in front. Third place from 16th on the grid is simply unbelievable. This is a fantastic result for the team and for me. I could have had a podium already – that was in Race 2 at Hockenheim – but I made a mistake there. Now I’m so pleased to have got my first DTM podium as a member of the Mercedes team. Hopefully, there will be more of these in the future.” 

Mortara is 13th in the championship, 49 points behind leader Ekström.