QUICK CHAT: Edoardo Mortara

Two weeks after your first win with Mercedes, what’s the mood among you and your team after having done so well so far this year?
Edoardo Mortara: I’ve got a good feeling – much improved on last year. Things are going a lot better this season, and so we are obviously much happier as a team. It’s far more fun to be up there among the front-runners. Now I’m hoping for a decent race weekend in Budapest.

After four races, you are fourth in the overall standings. Going into the season, how concerned were you that it might turn out just like last year?
Edoardo Mortara: Of course, after a difficult year like 2017, you have your doubts. We did some great work during the winter break, and I analysed a lot of data with my engineers. In this way, we were able to find some solutions to our problems. But we have only two race weekends behind us and the season is still long, so the job is far from done.

Budapest is a track that hasn’t suited Mercedes all that well in the past. Do you think that will have changed with the new aero package?
Edoardo Mortara: We have new rules this year, and it is difficult to answer this question accurately. It’s a new situation for us, and we’ve shown at Hockenheim and at the Lausitzring that we have a good car. Our setup worked well on both tracks, and I hope it will be the same in Budapest. You can never be too sure about anything in the DTM, but I’m optimistic about the rest of the season.

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