VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM: NEW YORK CITY E-PRIX ROUND 12
F. MASSA #19 – Quali: P20 – Race result: P16 – Fastest lap: 1:12.578
E. MORTARA #48 – Quali: P21 – Race result: DNF – Fastest lap: 1:12.483
13th July 2019, Brooklyn Circuit, Red Hook – Despite strong performances from both VENTURI Formula E Team drivers, Felipe MASSA and Edoardo MORTARA were unable to finish the first race of the double header season finale in New York on Saturday 13th July.
After fighting their way up from the very back of the grid, both drivers were set to finish in the top ten bringing home further points for the Monegasque team before an incident with Nissan E-Dams driver, Oliver ROWLAND, on lap 28 brought MORTARA’s race to an untimely end. On the penultimate lap, team mate MASSA, who was on track to finish eighth, had contact with championship leader DS TECHEETAH driver, Jean-Eric VERGNE.
“It was a disappointing end to the race for us. We had very strong pace today – starting on the penultimate row and coming back to the top 10. I was eighth or ninth, I was feeling really confident and really strong compared to the cars in front, with the possibility to move even further up – but then unnecessary contact ended my race. The driving standards have been like this the entire season, so I don’t see it changing – but in this case I think it was actually just an unfortunate incident, there were no bad intentions from anybody. It’s hard racing out there but it is what it is. For tomorrow, everything depends on Qualifying. If today we had qualified higher up, I’m pretty sure we would have finished right up at the front. We overtook 14 cars on track today, so the pace was clearly there. I hope we can keep that up and do better tomorrow.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“The race was going well. I managed to overtake some quick cars, I avoided some collisions – even if there were a few little touches that meant for half the race the steering wheel was not straight! I got to the second to last lap in P8 all the way from a P20 start, with a good gap in front of Vergne – but then he tried a kamikaze move on the brakes at the end of the main straight. When I saw him coming, I knew he would not be able to stop. In the end it created a huge accident. He destroyed my race and destroyed his Championship today. Tomorrow we start from zero. I hope we can have a good Qualifying and start from a better position – but you know that the race tomorrow will for sure also be crazy, so, as always we need to be ready for anything.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“Both drivers did a fantastic job pushing their way through the pack and in the end it’s really unfortunate that despite their best efforts, we’ve come away with no points. There are certain individuals who are really earning themselves a reputation for ending other’s races time and time again. The final result today is very disappointing.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
The final race of the FIA Formula E Season 2018-19 takes place tomorrow, Sunday 14th July 2019, at the Brooklyn Circuit, Red Hook at 16:00 EST.
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.