Bortolotti: No words can explain how I feel
3 October 2011 – Mirko Bortolotti was one of two drivers to clinch a European junior formulae title at the weekend, picking up the Formula 2 crown in dominant fashion at Monza as Roberto Merhi sealed the F3 Euro Series championship in Valencia. After a lights-to-flag race and his fifth victory of the season, the emotional Italian shared his feelings.
“I don’t have words to explain how I feel right now, I think I have to realise it,” Bortolotti commented. “I’m just so happy. It’s just amazing for me. I cannot say anything else; all I can say is that we did a good job, the car was perfect and I have to send my congratulations to the whole F2 team because obviously they are doing a great job.”
As a prize, the 21-year-old from Trento will drive the Formula 1 Williams at the Young Driver test which takes place in Abu Dhabi this November.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen for 2012, we will have see,” he continued. “First of all I have to think about my Williams F1 test and we’ve got another two F2 races in Barcelona too. I managed to win this prize, so I will try to prepare myself as best as I can.”
The feat has also been recognised by Jonathan Palmer – ex F2 Champion as well as Formula 1 driver and commentator for the BBC.
“Mirko has done an absolutely superb job this season and is a very worthy 2011 F2 Champion,” Palmer commented. “From the opening round at Silverstone, he has shown outstanding talent and pace in a very competitive field and has really dominated since then, sealing the championship with one round still remaining.
“I am very confident he is going to make a big impression when he claims his Williams F1 test drive in Abu Dhabi and that F2’s high standard of competition has given him the best possible preparation for the next step in his career.”
Also at the weekend:
- Frank Williams commends F2 Champion Bortolotti
- Merhi: F3 Euro title a very important step