British Formula 1 hero Graham Hill – who captured a remarkable five wins around the streets of Monte Carlo in the 1960s – eventually came to be known as ‘Mr Monaco’, on account of an almost instinctive affinity with the place that even he couldn’t quite explain.
But there’s another driver who has made an even more challenging street track his very own, triumphing again at Macau recently despite a 30-kilogram weight penalty on his Pirelli-equipped Mercedes GT3 in the main race.
Meet Edoardo Mortara, who joined Mercedes from Audi at the start of the season and has proved to be a phenomenon in every category he has raced in, from karting to the DTM. The 30-year-old Swiss Italian is now a true Macau master, having taken a remarkable seven wins at Macau after dominating the entire FIA GT World Cup weekend – with wins in both the qualifying and the main race.
It wasn’t easy win though. On the first corner of the first lap of the main race, he actually hit the barrier while trying to open a gap, but luckily, he simply bounced off it and was able to continue with very little time lost. Then there were two safety car periods that wiped out his lead. In the end, he finished only half a second ahead of Audi star Robin Frijns…