SANTIAGO E-PRIX: FIRST SEASON 5 POINTS FOR VENTURI FORMULA E TEAM
The Monaco-based VENTURI Formula E Team celebrated scoring its first points of the 2018-2019 Formula E Championship as Edoardo MORTARA put in a fantastic performance in Chile finishing the third race of the season in fourth place.
O’Higgins Park, central Santiago played host to the third leg of Season 5 which saw record high race temperatures of 37ºC for the all-electric series. VENTURI Formula E Team driver MORTARA started the race on the third row of the grid, in sixth position, team mate Felipe MASSA started from ninth.
Whilst both drivers started strong demonstrating serious resilience to the oppressive heat, GEOX RACING driver, Maximilian GÜNTHER, brought MASSA’s race to a premature end after pushing him into the wall at turn 14 on lap 12. MORTARA’s race continued well despite being hit from behind by BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver, Alexander SIMS, sending him into a 360º spin and resulting in a drive through penalty for SIMS, thus promoting MORTARA from P5 to P4 in the final classifications. The Swiss-Italian driver demonstrated great pace and energy management which was rewarded by the team’s best result so far this season.
“What a weekend for us! Right from free practice onwards I felt like we were competitive, we just didn’t have the chance to show it until the race. I felt very comfortable with the car, the race was tough but what an incredible result for the team! Fourth place is huge progress for us after the multitude of issues we experienced in Ad Diriyah and Marrakesh – I really think we’ve shown today that we’re going in the right direction. There’s still plenty of work to do but I hope we have more of the same success, if not better, in Mexico.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“Obviously it wasn’t a great race for me as I wasn’t able to finish but on a positive note, the car definitely felt better – I really feel like both cars could have finished in the points if things had been different. Although it looked like VANDOORNE caused my retirement, it actually happened before the corner when GÜNTHER pushed me into the wall, this then led to ROWLAND having the space to come through and then we crashed again in the exit, it shouldn’t have happened. The atmosphere here at the track has been incredible, it has felt like a home race for me and I really wanted to do my best for the crowd so I’m very disappointed about the incidents. That aside, I feel good about the progress we have made with the car and I’m very happy for my team mate, it’s a great result for the team.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
“We’re really happy to score our first points – Edo did a fantastic job out there today. I think this result demonstrates that we are making good progress. It was an action packed race with mixed emotions for us after Felipe’s incident but overall a very positive outcome for the team. I was very pleased to see improved energy management for both drivers and our overall pace was really encouraging. We still have plenty of work to do but this race shows that we are on the right track.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City will host the fourth round of the ABB Formula E Championship on Saturday 16th February.
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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