Mortara left sleepless by pressure

Macau Grand Prix winner Edoardo Mortara has revealed the torment he went through last weekend because of the pressure of needing to triumph to get his career back on track

Mortara left sleepless by pressure

After a troubled season in GP2 this year, the Italian opted to step back down to Formula 3 for the blue-riband Macau Grand Prix in a bid to show the world he had lost none of his talent.

But well aware that it was a make-or-break time for him, as anything less than victory would have been a let down, he confessed after his hard-earned win about how much the success meant to him.

"I was so stressed all the weekend - starting from Thursday," said Mortara, who had missed out on victory last year. "I was so, so stressed as I knew this race could have saved a little bit this season, and in a way also my career. So I knew I had to do the job, and I was really pushing so hard.

"I wanted it so much that I was not sleeping at night because I was only thinking about winning this Macau Grand Prix.

When I was behind my team-mate Jean-Karl [Vernay] I was pushing so hard because I didn't want to lose another time. That was all I was thinking about - that I was not going to finish second like last year behind [Keisuke] Kunimoto. I thought I just had to win this race, even if I have to fly or do something like that - I would win."

Mortara hopes that his Macau triumph, which means he now follows in the footsteps of former winner Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard, will help him land a competitive race drive somewhere next year.

"I came here, and everybody was thinking: 'yeah, this guy is lost after a season like this [in GP2], he will not be competitive'. And I was sure, deep inside me, that I could do it.

"I knew that they made a big step with the engine and with the car, and I am still linked with Signature so I knew what they have done for an entire year. We came here, did the job, with a 1-2, and it was an incredible weekend."

Mortara has admitted that his future is far from settled, as he does not yet have a budget for another attempt at GP2.

"Like I say, it is all about money. With the economic crisis, and I am not the son of a billionaire, it is difficult. Every driver will say the same thing about their ambitions - it is to go in Formula 1 and win in F1.

"But for the moment there are no plans for next season. Before coming here, I was really zero because nobody was taking the time to understand what happened this year.

"You drive okay, but when you drive a bad season or have ups and downs - and I crashed a lot - then nobody takes the time to understand why the driver is going from good results to bad results in a small amount of time. Nobody was searching for me, and I hope this victory will open me some ways for the future."

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