MEXICO E-PRIX: FIRST SEASON PODIUM & TWO DRIVERS IN THE POINTS FOR VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM
The Monaco-based VENTURI Formula E Team finished the fourth round of the fifth Formula E Season on a new high as Edoardo MORTARA took third place on the podium with teammate, Felipe MASSA, finishing in eighth position.
PATIENCE PAYING OFF
The iconic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City played host to a sell-out crowd of approximately 40,000 passionate fans who revelled in the action-packed race. Both drivers demonstrated promise in the mornings two free practice sessions, each finishing one of the sessions in second place. As the track temperature hit 40º, MASSA once again demonstrated his pace under pressure qualifying for the race in third position with MORTARA further down the grid in ninth. Both result showcasing the steady improvements made by the team since the start of the season.
MORTARA took advantage of the drama filled start to the race, which brought a premature end to Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver, Nelson PIQUET’s competition. The VENTURI driver moved up the field closing the gap to his Brazilian team mate ahead of the inevitable safety car and race restart.
MASSA and MORTARA restarted the race in sixth and seventh position respectively and managed to stay out of further danger for the remainder of the race. A miscalculation with MASSA’s remaining energy management gave him significantly reduced power for the final third of the race and, with just three laps remaining, MORTARA was able to overtake his counterpart. The final lap proved very fortuitous for the Swiss Italian as his energy conservation and patience paid off when several of his competitors lost power and suffered penalties allowing him to shoot up to third position behind Antonio Felix da COSTA in second and Lucas di GRASSI in first place.
Brazilian teammate Felipe MASSA finished the race in eighth position earning his first official points in Formula E and cementing a truly positive result for the Monegasque team.
“What a race!!!! Fourth in Santiago and now third here in Mexico, I am so, so happy with both these results. To get really good results, you need to have a perfect race: car, team and driver all need to perform at their best. For me, the beginning of the race was absolute madness, everyone was just fighting, it was crazy. I decided to stay out of it and just focus on my race and this definitely paid off for me in the end. The team have worked so hard and I’m very proud of them and so pleased to share this result with them. We still have a lot to learn but I think we have proved now that we have a car that is improving race by race, long may that continue.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“I’m delighted for the team, but I also feel a little mixed about my result today. I’m very happy that we showed the cars performance in qualifying and the pace we had during the race was good. A miscalculation under the red flag which lead to incorrect energy management cost me my race today, and I’m pretty disappointed about that as I lost positions. On the plus side though, we know exactly what the problem was and I still finished in the points. I also suspect we weren’t the only ones to make an error like this today and at least we brought both cars home. Mistakes happen in motorsport, we are all capable of making them and I am very proud of the hard work my team have put into this weekend. Our overall result is fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do in Hong Kong.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“What a day it’s been for VENTURI Formula E Team – not only did we have Felipe in the Superpole with a fantastic qualifying result but Edo finished on the podium – my first podium as Team Principal and a very special moment for the team. Going into this race weekend we were cautiously optimistic but I wouldn’t have dared to predict this result. I really think today solidified our progress and showed that our result in Santiago wasn’t just luck, we have made very significant progress. I’m incredibly proud of the whole team, they have worked so hard, now we have the test tomorrow and we have plenty to work on with further developments and changes we want to make, but we are definitely heading in the right direction.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
Hong Kong will play host to the fifth round of the ABB Formula E Championship on Sunday March 10th 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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