HONG KONG E-PRIX: VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM HEADS TO HONG KONG ON FORM
Following Edoardo MORTARA’s third place podium finish in Mexico City, VENTURI Formula E Team heads to the fifth round of the 2018-2019 Formula E Championship in Hong Kong this week in strong spirits. With a break from the usual Saturday race format, this weekend sees the race action take place on Sunday 10th March.
SKYSCRAPERS AND SEASCAPES
The 1.860 km street circuit nestles between the stunning Victoria Bay and the impressive skyscraper-studded Hong Kong skyline. Formula E enjoys huge popularity in this territory, not only with fans but also with the motorsport fraternity who really look forward to this leg of the championship.
Featuring a more traditional track layout, the Hong Kong circuit presents a different proposition from the last race in Mexico City. With a noticeably short and winding track configuration, a strong qualifying performance will be more crucial than ever to a successful race in Hong Kong. Added to these challenges, the initial weather forecasts indicate that there is a chance of rain on Sunday 10 March which will no doubt add to the on-track action.
Edoardo MORTARA makes his return to Hong Kong having just clocked up his second podium finish in Formula E (third place in Mexico). His first podium and second place in a race came in Hong Kong in December 2017 – so the Swiss-Italian driver is more motivated than ever to put in a solid performance.
Felipe MASSA, who qualified in third place on the grid in Mexico City, is looking forward to his premiere lap of the Hong Kong track. MASSA, like his teammate, has been spending plenty of time between the races in the simulator in order to familiarise himself with the track and to work on energy management strategies.
“I’m going into this race calmly and very focused on my preparations. We’re coming off the back of two good results, and we’re heading in the right direction. The team is ultra-determined. Now we just have to hope everything goes well over the weekend. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the track.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“This will be my first time visiting Hong Kong. I can’t wait to get there, especially as I know I have a lot of fans there. I’ve familiarised myself with the track in the simulator, in order to be as ready as possible on race day. We’ve come a long way since Santiago and the team dynamic is very good – this weekend we’ll continue to push and we hope to have the best race possible.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“Round four in Mexico was a highlight for VENTURI and a very proud moment for me as Team Principal, the team worked enormously hard for that result. Following a successful in-season test day in Mexico we returned to Monaco with our focus fixed firmly on preparing for Hong Kong and the drivers and team have been hard at work maintaining the momentum from Mexico. This weekend, I want to see us continue to improve and showcase the capabilities of both our drivers and the reliability of the car.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
Free practice, qualifying and the race itself will take place over the course of a single day, Sunday 10 March 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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