The ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E Team endured a difficult race 2 of the ABB FIA Formula E event in London on Sunday.
Edoardo Mortara started the race from 20th and finished the race just outside the top ten in 12th and heads to the Berlin double-header season finale next month in ninth place in the championship on 74 points.
Speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was always going to be difficult to achieve points starting from the back of the grid and the poor start put me on the back foot immediately. We’re not sure what caused the issue I had on the grid so we’ll have to investigate this before Berlin next month. Coming back through the field to finish P12 is the best I could realistically achieve but missing out on the top 10 might be a blessing because I’ll no longer be in Group 1 qualifying for Berlin. With only two races to go, I’m going to be pushing hard because the season is still open and one strong final weekend could make a big difference to the championship standings.”
Norman Nato was left disappointed as he retired from the race and speaking following the action he commented saying:
I’m very disappointed with the race today and it’s frustrating to lose a points finish through no fault of our own. Starting from P13, I was confident that I would be able to challenge the top 10 but I lost ground on lap 1 because I was squeezed quite a lot. It was really difficult to overtake and we saw a lot of incidents but by using Attack Mode at the right time, I was able to move forward though and I was having a good fight with Cassidy for P9. With three laps to go, Sam [Bird] tried to overtake me into Turn 10 but it didn’t work out and we both finished the race in the wall which he received a grid penalty for the next race. Moving into Berlin I’m going to be pushing as hard as ever so we can finish the season on a high.”
ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal Susie Wolff commented saying:
Overall, this has been a challenging weekend for us. In both races, we had some opportunities to secure a good set of results, but unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalise on or maximise those chances when they did arise. Leaving London with only two points on the board is disappointing but strangely, it puts us in a better position for Berlin next month with Edo in Group 2 and Norman in Group 4 for qualifying.”