The Italian racing driver EdoardoMortara is former Formula 3 Euroseries champion who is best known for his performances in DTM series.
Start of career in minikart
He was born in Geneva in Switzerland on 12th of January 1987. Interestingly he has a dual citizenship of Italy and France, but racing under the Italian flag. As an 11-year-old boy, Edoardo started racing in Italy, competing in 60cc minikart class. His raw talent brought him 10 wins and 20 podium finishes that year. In 1999, Mortara drove 100cc minikart. He was 3rd in the national junior championship but also appeared in the few international races.
Video - Portrait of DTM driver
Still driving in the 100cc class, Mortara in 2000 finished as the Italian vice-champion after he has scored two race wins. The same year he also finished 5th in the European Junior Championship. Italian driver was unlucky in the following year after again has finished as a runner-up in the Italian championship what remained his best result in the series. From 2002 to 2004 he was always near the top of the national and European 100cc ICA and 100cc FA championships won some races but never won the trophy. Finally, in 2006, his last year in karting, Edoardo finished 6th in the World Championship.
Switch to formula racing
What was more important for a talented Italian driver in 2006 was the fact that he debuted in formula racing. Mortara drove for Prema Powerteam and had double duties. In the Eurocup Formula Renault, he failed to impress and finished 21st in the championship but in the Italian Formula Renault he did much better and finished his rookie season at the 4th position.
Edoardo Mortara, Signature
He left Prema Powerteam for 2007 campaign but also switched to new competition – Formula 3 Euroseries. Driving for Signature-Plus racing team, Mortara scored two wins and finished the season as at the 8th place. In 2008, with the same team, Edoardo finished as a runner-up, losing to Nico Hulkenberg by 36 points.
GP2 Series debut
The season of 2009 was the busiest for Mortara as he entered five competitions with five different teams. In the Asian Gp2 Series, Edo finished 11th failing to win any of eight races. However, racing in GP2 Series was a priority for Edo, what is Mortara’s nickname. Driving for Arden International, Edo won one race but at the end of the year was 14th in the Drivers’ championship.
Edoardo Mortara took 2010 Formula 3 Euroseries crown
Now already quite experienced, in 2010 Mortara confirmed that he is ready for bigger stage. He again triumphed in Macau Grand Prix but what was more important, Edoardo became Formula 3 Euroseries champion, winning 7 out of 16 races. After this success Mortara had to make hard decision where to continue his career and, maybe surprisingly, decided to leave open-wheels racing.
Formula 3 Euroseries champion in 2010
Move to DTM Audi
Since 2011, Italian driver compets in the popular DTM championship. He became a member of Audi Team Rosberg and in his rookie year did relatively well. He collected 21 points, twice finished 3rd, at Brans Hatch and Oschersleben, eventualy finishing 9th in the championship.
Edoardo Mortara, 2016 DTM vice-champion
In the following DTM season Mortara made big step forward. He won two races, at Spielberg and Zandvoort, and finished 2nd at Nurburgring. With 82 points on his account, Mortara took 5th place overall. The season of 2012 wasn’t as good as the previous. The 9th place at Lausitzring was the highlight of the year and with only 3 points, Edoardo finished 21st in the final classification.
From Audi Team Rosberg to Audi Team Abt Sportsline
Before the start of the 2014 DTM season, Mortara moved from Team Rosberg to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. That change was good for Edo who returned to the top group of drivers. Third positions at Oschersleben and Nurburgring were the best results he achieved in the season in which he was 5th in the Drivers’ championship.
Edoardo Mortara. DTM Audi
In 2015, Mortara returned to the winning path. After two years, he managed to win the race at Red Bull Ring and had other five podium finishes what propelled him to the 4th place in the final standings what is Mortara’s best results so far and announcement that he will battle for the crown in the following years.
2016 DTM runner-up
Edo's progress continued and in 2016 he narrowly missed the DTM championship title. He won five races (Hosckenheim twice, Norisring, Hungaroring, and Nurburgring) most of all drivers, but that still wasn't enough for the title. At the end of the year he was only four points behind a new champion Marco Wittmann.
Edoardo Mortara scored bitter win in the 2016 DTM season finale
At the end of the season there were speculations about Mortara's future as many sources were suggesting that he will leave Audi for Mercedes but the Italian didn't want to comment that.