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Budapest: Mortara: We could have won again today...

Edoardo Mortara struggles to conceal his disappointment after an incident packed start severely dents his DTM title hopes.
Audi's Edoardo Mortara has struggled to conceal his disappointment in losing the opportunity to take a clean sweep of wins at the Hungaroring following his start-line clash with Marco Wittmann.

The Team Abt Sporstline driver lined up for the feature race on pole position but made a terrible start, forcing him to defend from his title rival Wittmann, who started directly behind the Italian.

Both cars subsequently made contact, which resulted in Wittmann spearing across the circuit into the side of Mortara's Audi team mate Jamie Green.

Wittmann survived the altercation but Mortara, along with Green, ultimately retired from the race - losing 12 points to the championship leader in the process.

Mortara could well have gone into the finale having significantly slashed Wittmann's advantage but will instead trail the RMG driver by 26 points.

"I didn't have a good start. Subsequently, I was sandwiched between Wittmann and Green. One of the rims broke in the process and I had to take a few more hits on lap one," said Mortara.

"That's very disappointing because we could have won again today."

Audi's DTM boss Dieter Gass believes no one was really to blame for the altercation after putting said incident down to 'an unfortunate chain of events'.

"The situation at the start was extremely unfortunate. You can't really blame anyone either. Edo (Mortara) had a little too much wheel spin," said Gass.

"That's what set off this unfortunate chain of events. That, of all people, it resulted in our two drivers with the best points score being taken out of the race is frustrating."



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Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit DTM]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Paul di Resta - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA  [pic credit Mercedes]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Antonio Felix da Costa - BMW Team Schnitzer [pic credit BMW]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Nico Muller - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Timo Scheider - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit Audi]

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