The entry in the 2015 DTM list says ‘Edoardo Mortara, Italy,’ although the Italian’s green-blue Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM could even feature a few other national flags, considering his ‘multicultiness.’
‘Edo’ was born in Geneva, Switzerland – as the son of a French mother and an Italian father, who is now living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where Mortara spends a lot of time as well.
Last summer, the DTM star married his Spanish fiancée Montserrat Retamal. And last but not least, Mortara owns a Japanese sushi restaurant together with friends in Geneva, Mortara’s main place of residence.
This colorful national diversity goes nicely with Mortara’s plans for the 2015 DTM season as well: “In 2015, I intend to achieve the aims from 2014 that I should have achieved in 2013 because I made a promise in 2012 that I thought about in 2011” – any questions?
Following a strong rookie year in 2011, his first two victories in 2012, a difficult season in 2013, and returning to his old form after switching to Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline last year, Mortara has now set his sights on the title. “After having been able to decide a few races in the DTM in one’s favor like I have, winning the Championship can be the only aim,” he says. His new race engineer, Franco Chiocchetti, who has experience from 14 years in the DTM under his belt, is to support him in this endeavor. “This is another factor that should help me reach my goals,” says Mortara.
Mortara is entering his fifth DTM season in car number ’48.’ “This number dates back to my days in karting,” the Italian recalls. “It brought me good luck back then – and I’m hoping it will do so again now.”
The world traveler has used the long winter break to perfectly prepare for the 2015 DTM. “During my vacation in Thailand, I was able to really unwind and recharge my batteries. In addition, I’ve obviously been training a lot and keeping fit.” After all, no less than 18 races are on the DTM calendar this season. “Two races per weekend – that’ll be strenuous for the mechanics too,” the Audi factory driver reckons. “But the new DTM format has been a very good decision and the way to go for everyone who loves motorsport. As a result, the race weekends and the show will become even more attractive.”
Due to the limitation imposed on testing Mortara has only been in the cockpit of the Audi RS 5 DTM once since the 2014 season finale. In his personal Audi RS 6 Avant which he’ll soon be swapping for an Audi A7 Sportback, he has covered a lot more kilometers. “As an Audi driver, I enjoy the privilege of being able to test all the models. The RS 6 is a fantastic car that unfortunately I can’t really drive flat-out in Switzerland.”
The opportunity to put the pedal to the metal will no doubt present itself on the race track, starting on the first weekend in May. That’s when the new DTM season and the chase for the champion’s title begins at Hockenheim.
Date of birth: January 12, 1987
Place of birth: Geneva(CH)
Residence: Geneva (CH)
Marital status: married to Montserrat Retamal
Height/weight: 1.82 m/78 kg
Motorsport since: 1999 (Audi driver since 2011)
1999 3rd 100 cc class Italian Junior Kart Championship
2000 2nd 100 cc class Italian Junior Kart Championship, 2nd Kart Masters Paris-Bercy, 5th European Kart Championship
2001 2nd 100 cc class Italian Junior Kart Championship, 5th Monaco Kart Cup
2002 3rd 100 cc class Italian Kart ICA Championship, 7th European Kart Championship
2003 7th 100 cc class Italian Kart Formula A Championship
2004 7th 100 cc class Italian Kart Formula A Championship
2005 2nd 100 cc class Italian Kart Formula A Championship, 1st Trofeo Margutti, 9th European Kart Championship
2006 4th Formula Renault Italy, best rookie
2007 8th Formula 3 Euro Series, best rookie; 10th Formula 3 Macau
2008 2nd Formula 3 Euro Series, 2nd Formula 3 Macau
2009 1st Formula 3 Macau, 14th GP2, 11st GP2 Asia
2010 1st Formula 3 Euro Series, 1st Formula 3 Macau
2011 9th DTM (Audi A4 DTM), ‘Rookie of the year,’ 1st Macau GT Cup (Audi R8 LMS)
2012 5th DTM (Audi A5 DTM), 1st Macau GT Cup (Audi R8 LMS ultra)
2013 21st DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM), 1st GT class Daytona 24 Hours (Audi R8 GRAND-AM), 1st Macau GT Cup (Audi R8 LMS)
2014 5th DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)
2015 DTM (Audi RS 5 DTM)