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by Ryan Stringfield
Posted October 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm F3 Euro Series, World Series by Renault

F3 Euro Series

Mirko Bortolotti

Mirko Bortolotti

Mirko Bortolotti will replace Brendon Hartley under the Carlin Motorsport tent this weekend in the Formula 3 Euro Series season-finale at Hockenheim.  Hartley will instead contest the Formula Renault 3.5 (WSR) finale at the new Motorland Aragon circuit in Alcaniz, Spain.

Bortolotti won the 2008 Italian F3 championship and has spent this season in the FIA Formula Two series.  The 19-year-old is backed by Red Bull.  Last year, in Italian F3 competition, he finished all but one race on the podium.  His podium percentage rounded out at 94% last year.  This season, in Formula Two, he finished fourth in the overall championship with 5 podiums and 1 win in 14-starts.

Thus far into the weekend, he is slightly off the pace.  He ended up 21st out of 24 in the first practice session and subsequently qualified for Race-1 in 17th out of 24 drivers.  Fellow Carlin teammates, Victor Garcia and Jake Rosenzweig, qualified 4th and 15th–respectively.

World Series by Renault

Esteban Guerrieri

Esteban Guerrieri

In World Series by Renault news, Esteban Guerrieri will return to the series with RC Motorsport.  The 24-year-old Argentine driver ran two WSR races in 2007 with Fortec Motorsport and 12 races last season with Ultimate-Signature.  During his 2008 campaign, he finished 8th in the overall championship with 1 win and 2 podiums despite missing 3 events.  This year he has been competing in Superleague Formula  and the TC2000 Argentina championship.  I expect Guerrieri to do pretty well this weekend.  He is replacing Pasquale di Sabatino, who reportedly ran out of funding.

Spaniard Bruno Mendez will also join RC Motorsport this weekend for his Formula Renault 3.5 debut.  Mendez, who finished 5th in the 2008 Spanish F3 Championship, has been competing in the  European F3 Open Championship in 2009.  He has 3 wins and 9 podiums in 12-race starts, driving for Campos Racing.  This will be a pretty big jump for Mendez, but good experience nonetheless.

As noted above, Brendon Hartley will be running Formula Renault 3.5 rather than the Formula 3 Euro Series.  Hartley should have some momentum coming into this weekend after finishing a (WSR) career best-2nd at the Nurburgring last month.

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