QUICK CHAT: Edoardo Mortara
Two podium finishes and highest-scoring Mercedes driver – what are your feelings after your home fixture at Misano?
Edoardo Mortara: I’m feeling good. Especially after the two difficult race weekends at Zandvoort and Brands Hatch where I didn’t manage to unlock the full potential of the car. So it was all the more gratifying to have a very good weekend again, especially with it being on home turf. Now I’m going to concentrate fully on the upcoming races in the DTM.
You’ve closed the gap at the top of the championship. Do you have the title on your mind, or are you taking each weekend as it comes?
Edoardo Mortara: My focus is always on the next race. I want to enjoy every single weekend, like the one at the Norisring and this most recent one at Misano. I’m looking forward to the next three venues. The Nürburgring, Spielberg and Hockenheim have been pretty good for me in the past. The championship is not an issue for me at the moment, because I’m still quite a few points off first place.
Did you think that you might get this close to the championship lead again? And was there a time this season when you wrote off your chances of winning the title?
Edoardo Mortara: Going into the race weekend at Zandvoort, I was only a few points behind Gary in the overall standings, and I was the best qualifier. But then we had a lot of bad luck, and not much was going our way. In the circumstances, we should have scored more points. But you must never give up, and as long as I’m in with a chance, I’ll be going flat out. Nothing is settled until the end of the season.