VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM: NEW YORK CITY E-PRIX ROUND 13
F. MASSA #19 – Quali: P22 (NC) – Race result: P16 – Fastest lap: 1:12.578
E. MORTARA #48 – Quali: P10 – Race result: DNF – Fastest lap: 1:12.236
14 July 2019, Brooklyn Circuit, Red Hook – It was a disappointing end to an eventful season for the VENTURI Formula E Team as both drivers suffered with brake related issues at the 2.32km dockside track. Swiss-Italian driver, Edoardo MORTARA, was unable to finish the second of the two back-to-back New York City races retiring on lap 17. Brazilian team mate, Felipe MASSA, started at the back of the grid following an issue during Qualifying and fought his way to up to finish the 36-lap race in 16th position.
The Monegasque electric race team finishes the season eighth in the team championship standings with MORTARA in 14th and MASSA in 15th in the drivers championship. An eventful Season 5 saw four podiums for the team and VENTURI’s maiden race victory at the hands of MORTARA in Hong Kong.
“To be honest I was pretty optimistic about today after our progress during the race yesterday but unfortunately we had a problem with the brake discs right from the start of the race and I realised pretty quickly that we couldn’t continue. It’s a shame to end the season like this, there have been some very positive moments this year and I’d like to thank the team for their support. Bring on season 6!”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“For me it was a terrible day and a terrible race. First, I had a problem in Qualifying, where the brakes were locking really easily but despite starting last, I thought I would at least be able to fight to gain positions like we did yesterday – but it wasn’t my race today. I have my first season under my belt now, I’ve learned a lot and I really feel that we have grown together as a team, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together next season.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“That was a race to forget. We need to analyse what happened to Edo after the Safety Car. He had an issue with the brakes and Felipe was also struggling massively with his brakes throughout the race. It’s a disappointing end to the season – but it will quickly be forgotten about as our focus now turns to Season 6. Congratulations to JEV and DS Techeetah for their Championship win – we’ll be back to challenge them harder next year.”
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.