MARRAKESH E-PRIX: KEY LEARNINGS FOR VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM
The Monaco-based VENTURI Formula E Team was left disappointed but galvanised and determined following a difficult race at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan. The 2.99km purpose-built track played host to the second round of the ABB Formula E Season 5 which saw VENTURI drivers Edoardo MORTARA and Felipe MASSA finish 13th and 18th respectively.
The highly technical track comprising 12 turns, 3 straights and a series of bends is renowned for being one of the most energy demanding circuits of the championship. Considerable electronic issues during both practice sessions hampered the teams ability to prepare for qualifying properly which brought challenges for both drivers with Edoardo suffering from an additional tyre pressure problem. Both drivers fought hard despite the problems with Brazilian contender MASSA qualifying in 15th place with his Swiss teammate positioned directly behind him on the starting grid in 17th.
Whilst both drivers started the race well, they met with energy recovery issues and despite the overall reliability improvements made to the cars since the opening round in Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia, December 15th 2018), both drivers struggled to fight their way through the pack and achieve strong finishing places.
“It was a tough day for us, we weren’t where we wanted to be in terms of performance but the good thing is that we know what we need to work on ahead of Santiago. We have to take the positives from this race – at each event we are learning and we continue to make steady progress. It might not be as fast as we want but the team is very focused on what they have to do now before we head back out on the track. Tomorrow’s test where we have Norman NATO and Arthur LECLERC in the VENTURI VFE-05 will also prove invaluable in terms of our overall development. It’s been a challenging day but we’re only at the start of our Season 5 journey, we have plenty to look forward to.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
“We couldn’t really make things work in the right way this weekend. In the race, I couldn’t regenerate energy efficiently and my engine was not giving the same power as it should have. I lost many positions because of this. We need to work hard now on analysing all of our weaknesses from the race and the development of the car ahead of the next race. I’m confident because the team did solve our Ad Diriyah reliability issues quickly. Now they have to check what was wrong here. I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car in Santiago.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“Definitely not an ideal weekend for us. We know what held us back in qualifying and during the race we struggled with energy efficiency. I know that we’re not alone in this but it’s a real challenge as a driver. One big positive for me is seeing the way in which the team have pulled together to analyse our performance. We’ve made considerable progress since Ad Diriyah particularly in terms of reliability and I know that we will have learned a lot from this weekend too, but we have a very tight turnaround ahead of Santiago, so there’s lots of hard work ahead.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
Santiago will play host to the third round of the ABB Formula E Championship on Saturday 26th January 2019.
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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