ROKiT Venturi Racing concludes season 7 with victory in Berlin
Edoardo Mortara earns P2 in the Drivers’ Championship and Norman Nato secures maiden victory in the final race of Season 7…
FP1 // P12
FP2 // P14
Qualifying // P11
Race // DNF
Championship // P2 [92 points]
FP1 // P11
FP2 // P3
Qualifying // P6
Race // P1
Championship // P18 [54 points]
ROKiT Venturi Racing
Championship // P7 [146 points]
ROKiT Venturi Racing concluded its Season 7 campaign in dramatic style as Norman Nato stormed to a dominant maiden victory in the FIA Formula E World Championship.
Competing on the clockwise version of the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit – and with Drivers’ title prospects – a calculated, focussed and refined approach was the order for the day.
In qualifying, Edoardo Mortara – who entered the finale in P2 in the standings – secured P11 on the grid from Group 1 while Norman took P6 after advancing to the Super Pole shootout.
An accident for Edo overshadowed the start of the season finale when, on the opening lap, the Swiss-Italian struck the rear of Jaguar’s Mitch Evans who stalled from P3 on the grid.
Conscious and talking, Edo got out of his car unaided and in line with FIA safety regulations, was taken to hospital for precautionary assessments where it emerged that he sustained a microfracture of his fourth vertebrae for which he does not need surgery.
Following this red-flag period, the race was resumed behind the Safety Car and with Norman sitting in P4, the Frenchman was in a prime position to challenge for the podium.
With 33-minutes + 1 lap remaining, Norman rolled the strategy dice and by activating Attack Mode, commenced a major overtaking offensive in pursuit of silverware.
By passing Alexander Sims, Oliver Rowland and Stoffel Vandoorne, the 29-year-old moved into the lead and remained at the head of the field in a clinical rookie performance.
Establishing a 2.270-second lead, Norman took the chequered flag to secure his maiden Formula E victory and first single-seater win since 2017.
Despite failing to finish, Edo secured P2 in the Drivers’ World Championship, falling only seven points adrift of winner Nyck de Vries.
With an extra haul of 25 points, ROKiT Venturi Racing pipped Mahindra Racing to P7 in the Teams’ Standings, completing its most successful season on record with a final haul of 146 points.
In Their Words
Susie Wolff, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal
“I’m incredibly proud of the team. Coming into this weekend, we knew that we had to hit the ground running and score big to end the season on a high and that’s exactly what we did. It was heartbreaking to see Edo out before he had a chance to fight for the title but he has done an outstanding job all season. The car was incredibly quick today and Norman drove the perfect race and the team executed a perfect strategy. We’ve had our tough moments this season, but we’ve learnt from those challenging days and risen from them. If you told me at the start of the season that we would secure the vice-World Championship and P7 in the Teams’ Standings, I would have taken it and overall, as a team, we can be proud. Thankfully Edo is in good shape despite his accident and we have definitely ended the season on a high. Lastly, I want to wish a big congratulations to Mercedes-Benz on their double FIA Formula E World Championships. We have a great partnership, and to have both of us finish first and second in the Drivers’ Championship is something to be proud of.”
“After the highs of yesterday, I was looking forward to racing today and I think we had an outside shot at the Drivers’ Championship. At the start, there was nothing I could do to avoid Mitch [Evans] and by the time he was in my vision, it was too late to react. It was a heavy impact and I’m glad that he’s ok. From my side, I have a microfracture of my fourth vertebrae from the crash but I’m very grateful that I don’t need an operation or have a more serious injury. I would like to thank the marshals and the medical team for their response to my accident and to congratulate Norman for securing his maiden win in Formula E.”
“Today we executed the perfect race and honestly, I’m shocked and speechless. I’ve been hungry for silverware for a very long time after losing my podiums in Rome and Valencia so it was very emotional to finally finish inside the top three. Every week, we put in a massive amount of work with the hope of achieving results like this so to execute the perfect race is a very special feeling. The car was flawless and it felt like I was driving a rocketship. From my perspective, the race was very tense, especially after the second Safety Car restart when Ollie [Rowland] tried to overtake but in the end, we came out on top. It feels great to end the season with a win and this is a moment I just want to enjoy. I would like to thank the entire team for supporting me this season and getting me to the top step. I’m proud of them and a result like this means the world.”