What kind of driver Bortolotti is can be discovered by retracing his career. At eighteen he found himself in Fiorano driving a Ferrari F1, breaking the track record that same day. It was the prize for winning the Italian F3 championship in 2008. At that date, Bortolotti, from Arco di Trento, class 1990, was 18 years old.
“It was almost immediately clear to me that racing was in my blood, it was just a bit more complicated to turn it into a job. When I won the Italian F3 championship in 2008, my career changed because I was given the chance to try out with Scuderia Ferrari, where I managed to beat the track record in Fiorano, and that was my first time ever in a Formula 1. That day changed my life, because from then on, I managed to get funding: thanks to Red Bull and then thanks to Ferrari, I started a career in single-seaters. Without that F3 championship title and that F1 try-out, it would have been much tougher. That was the moment in my career that made me understand that there was hope I could become a professional”.
Having moved on without too much trouble from Formula Renault Winter to Formula Junior, and then on to F3, to the F2 FIA Championship, to GP3 and others still, Mirko Bortolotti has driven almost anything and raced everywhere, his palmares are clear, after winning the F3 in 2008, in 2011 he won the F2 championship, in 2013 the Eurocup Megane Trophy and in 2017 the Blancpain endurance Cup, becoming an expert in endurance races.