ROME E-PRIX: VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM READY FOR THE EUROPEAN TOUR
VENTURI Formula E Team heads to Rome (Italy) this week for round seven of the 2018-2019 Formula E Championship on Saturday 13 April. Currently sixth in the constructors’ championship, the Monegasque team is looking forward to contesting the next five races on European soil – which includes their home race in Monaco on 11 May.
A CHALLENGING CIRCUIT
Making the very most of the spotlight Formula E brings to a host city, Italy’s capital, Rome, will be displaying all its finery as it hosts its second E-Prix, in the Esposizione Universale di Roma district in the south of the city. Last year’s race was watched by 53,000 trackside spectators and over 34 million television viewers, the highest audience figures of the 2017-2018 season.
The 2.870 km circuit features 21 turns, winding around the impressive Piazzale delle Nazioni Unite. The Rome E-Prix track is notoriously challenging, with a sloping, bumpy, and technically-demanding surface that offers little in the way of grip. Getting the car’s balance right for this particular track will be essential, while engine torque will also be vital.
The section where the drivers will be able to activate Attack Mode – giving them an extra burst of power – is situated in a tricky part of the circuit at the exit of turn 6, and things are likely to get very interesting at that point making the Rome E-Prix a must see for fans of the sport.
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
VENTURI Formula E Team arrives in Italy lying 6th in the overall rankings. Ahead of this first European race, the aim is clear: to put more points on the board, and potentially add to the strong podium finishes achieved in Hong-Kong and Mexico.
Edoardo MORTARA, currently 6th in the drivers’ championship, will be driving on home turf to some extent, as the VENTURI Formula E Team driver has Italian-Swiss nationality.
Brazil’s Felipe MASSA, will be returning to a country particularly dear to him, where his eight years with Scuderia FERRARI Formula 1 team left an indelible mark on the hearts of the passionate Tifosi.
“As an Italian-Swiss driver, the Rome E-Prix – along with the Bern E-Prix – is kind of my home race. I’m pleased to come back to Italy, I know it well, I spent a lot of time here at the beginning of my career. Added to this, I love the challenge of this track. As always I’m setting out to do my very best this weekend and I’m looking forward to working with the team to ensure the best result possible.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“I’m happy to come back to Rome, it’s such a great city and I have really fond memories of victories here on the Vallelunga race track in Formula Renault and Formula 3000. Now racing in the city, a first for me in Rome, presents a really exciting opportunity, I can’t wait! As there’s no race in Brazil this season and given that Italy is so dear to my heart, I consider the Rome E-Prix as my home race this season. I’m looking forward to learning the track, enjoying the people and the amazing support from the fans and, hopefully achieving what I want: fighting for the podium or maybe even for a victory which would be made extra special for me in Rome.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“The European section of the championship has arrived incredibly quickly, I can’t quite believe where the time has gone. As anyone watching us will have seen, we have made some significant step forwards in terms of performance and reliability, the last race wasn’t ideal for us though and we’ve worked hard since Sanya to rectify the issues we experienced there. The track in Rome presents unique challenges for everyone but with a highly motivated and well prepared team, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
Free practice, qualifying and the race itself will all take place over a single day, on Saturday 13 April 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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