- January 12, 1987
- Fia Formula E Championship
Edoardo Mortara is a racing driver with dual Swiss-Italian citizenship who gained lots of success in different racing disciplines in recent years. Most notably, he was the Formula 3 Euro Series champion in 2010 and two-time winner of Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix (2009, 2010). In 2011, he won the Macau GT Cup for the first time and then three more times in 2012, 2013 and 2017, proving himself as one of the most successful racers ever at the famous Macau Guia Circuit.
Mortara spent eight seasons in DTM from 2011 to 2018, six with Audi and two with Mercedes, scoring ten wins and finishing best in the second place in 2016. In 2017, Mortara made a debut with Venturi in the fourth season of the Formula E Championship and he is still competing with the same team in Formula E.
He was born in Geneva on January 12, 1987. 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, he was third in the national junior championship in 100cc class and then progressed to the second place in 2000. In the same year he also finished 5th in the European Junior Championship. He was again the Italian vice-champion in 2001.
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.
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.
He left Prema Powerteam for 2007 campaign but also switched to new competition – Formula 3 Euro Series. 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.
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.
In the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Mortara drove only four race but failing to impress. In the Formula 3 Euroseries, he drove just two races while he became a champion of Macau Grand Prix beating the names like Sam Bird, Marcus Ericsson, Valtteri Bottas, Jules Bianchi, Roberto Merhi, etc
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 Euro Series 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edo's progress continued and in 2016 he narrowly missed the DTM championship title. He won five races (Hockenheim twice, Norisring, Hungaroring, and Nurburgring), the 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.
For the 2017 DTM season, Mortara made a move to Mercedes, driving the #48 Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM. He was on a podium just once, at Norisring, finishing 14th in the points.
During 2017, he was also driving for Mercedes customer teams in GT races, finishing fifth in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup with Akka ASP, scoring one victory in the ADAC GT Masters with Mucke Motorsport and retiring at 24h Nurburgring with HTP Motorsport. At the end of the year, he triumphed for the fourth time at Macau GT World Cup, driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3.
In December 2017, Mortara joined Venturi Formula E Team as their new full-time driver for the fourth season of the FIA Formula E Championship. He made a debut in a double-header event at Hong Kong, finishing seventh in Race 1 and second in Race 2. He recorded nine start in Formula E, finishing 13th in the points.
In the 2018 DTM season, he was a race winner two times in the #48 Mercedes, finishing sixth in the points at the end of the season. Mercedes left DTM in 2019 and Mortara's only job was to compete with Venturi in Formula E.
His maiden Formula E victory came in March 2019 in Hong Kong. It remained his only victory and after six DNFs in the second part of the season, he finished just 14th in the points.
Mortara stayed with Venturi in the 2019-2020 Formula E season.
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