MONACO E-PRIX: THE HOME RACE FOR VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM!
May 11th sees the Formula E Championship make a welcome return to Monaco as the iconic street track comes to life for the ninth leg of the 2018-19 series. The Monaco E-Prix carries extra significance for the proudly Monegasque VENTURI Formula E Team, the only motorsport team based in Monaco, who will be flying the flag for the Principality in front of a home crowd.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Monaco E-Prix plays hard to get. The most glamorous race on the calendar only takes place every other year and it’s fair to say that the VENTURI Formula E Team has come a considerable way since May 2017. The prospect of returning to this legendary circuit to compete – just four minutes walk from the VENTURI HQ – is an exciting one for everyone on the team.
AN ICONIC CIRCUIT
The 1.765 km circuit (one of the shortest of the season) includes 12 turns and promises good race pace placing extra emphasis on good energy management. Monaco, the jewel in the motorsport crown, is famous for its twisty track where overtaking is notoriously difficult. As a result, the qualifying session is certain to be among the most important of the season. Grip should not be an issue, as 80% of the length of the circuit has been resurfaced with new asphalt.
The drivers will be able to activate “Attack Mode” – which offers strategic power boosts during the race – on the straight between the Yacht Club hairpin and Tabac corner. Although it requires drivers to briefly leave the racing line, in theory it should not cause them to lose any time.
The VENTURI Formula E Team currently lies 6th in the overall team rankings. As the Monegasque flag is raised in box n°6 on Quai Albert Ier, the clear aim for the team is to regain the momentum from the first half of the season. After collecting valuable points in Hong-Kong, Mexico and Santiago (among others), the team founded by Monegasque native Gildo PASTOR is confident it can once again rise up the rankings.
“I can’t wait to race in the Monaco E-Prix, this is a really important race for the whole team. VENTURI has become an institution in the Principality since arriving 20 years ago, so it will be an honour to drive this car on this exceptional circuit. Unfortunately we will have to contend with the three-place penalty on the starting grid that I received following the Paris E-Prix, but we are more motivated than ever to get the best results here.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“Monaco has always been important in my career and the fact that the team is based in the Principality is extra motivation to have a good race here. We have done a huge amount of work on understanding the previous races, to be as strong as we possibly can be here. Monaco is the circuit I know best of all those on the calendar, which should put me in good stead, as will having my family and friends with me.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“We’ve come a long way since the start of the season, we’ve learned a lot and we’ve shown our potential. It’s fair to say that the results have come quicker than anticipated this season and we want to get that momentum back. As our home race and one of the most iconic places to race, the Monaco E-Prix is definitely one where we want to shine – everyone wants to win in Monaco.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
A pioneer in the field of electromobility since 2000, Monaco-based VENTURI President, Gildo PASTOR was an early supporter of Alejandro AGAG – FIA Formula E CEO – when he began laying the foundations for what would become the FIA Formula E World Championship. Drawing on his expertise in the field, the Monegasque innovator quickly threw his support behind the fledgling Formula E project and decided to create the VENTURI Formula E Team which has competed in every season since the championship premiered in 2014.
In 2015, VENTURI became an Formula E FIA-approved manufacturer. Today VENTURI supplies full powertrain systems for the VENTURI Formula E and HWA AG teams.
In 2018, Susie WOLFF was appointed Team Principal of VENTURI Formula E Team.
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