Italian rookies enjoy Valencia debut
1 January 1901
Edoardo Mortara and near namesake Edoardo Piscopo both sampled World Series by Renault machinery for the first time at this week's group test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, and reported satisfaction with their respective performances.
Newly-crowned F3 Euroseries runner-up Mortara ran with Ultimate Signature on both Wednesday and Thursday and, on his first acquaintance with the 500-horsepower car, posted the fifth best time of the test, a 1min 22.592secs effort, on day one. It proved impossible for the Italian to improve on that time on day two, as he found that the car did not have the same balance, but Mortara reported that it had been 'an extremely profitable test'.
“It was a very interesting couple of days, and I'd like to thank Volkswagen very much for allowing me to test the car with Ultimate Signature," the 21-year old commented, "The team did a very good job throughout both days of the test - the World Series car was quite different to what I have been used to, but it was a lot of fun.
"We tried a lot of different things, but it was a pity that we couldn't get the balance of the car right for day two as I'm sure that we could have been able to improve our times. It's not a problem at all though, as the main purpose of the test was to gain more experience. We did quite a few laps, so it is mission accomplished for us.”
Mortara headed straight from the test to the Essen Motor Show, where he appeared on behalf of Volkswagen, and will spend the next few weeks pondering which route to take for 2009, with GP2, World Series and F3 all understood to be under consideration.
While one Italian ran on both days of the test, Piscopo arrived in time for day two, but had the excuse that he had been testing Ferrari's F1 machine - a reward for his second overall in the national F3 championship - for missing day one.
Like his countryman, Piscopo enjoyed a really positive day in Valencia, showing no sign of his flight from Italy to Spain as he spent the morning getting used to the Dallara-Renault package, before posting the ninth fastest lap of the afternoon session for Draco Racing.
"I'm really happy with the lap times we set here at Valencia, and with how the team and I worked together," he reported, "The morning session was complicated by the fact that I had to find the right confidence after missing the first day but, despite a lot of traffic in the afternoon, I managed to clock a good lap, and enter the top ten.
"This week has been really busy, but also really exciting. In less than five days, I had the chance to drive three fast and extremely difficult cars, and I'm extremely
pleased by how it went."