ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal Susie Wolff says that she is incredibly proud of her team after Norman Nato took victory in the ABB FIA Formula E world championship season finale in Berlin on Sunday. The team had been in contention for the championship with Edoardo Mortara was in a position to win the title however, he was caught up in a first-lap incident off the start line and retired from the race as a result.
While Mortara retired from the race, Norman Nato took victory and speaking following the race, Wolff said:
“I’m incredibly proud of the team. Coming into this weekend, we knew that we had to hit the ground running and score big to end the season on a high and that’s exactly what we did. It was heartbreaking to see Edo out before he had a chance to fight for the title but he has done an outstanding job all season. The car was incredibly quick today and Norman drove the perfect race and the team executed a perfect strategy. We’ve had our tough moments this season, but we’ve learnt from those challenging days and risen from them. If you told me at the start of the season that we would secure the vice-World Championship and P7 in the Teams’ Standings, I would have taken it and overall, as a team, we can be proud. Thankfully Edo is in good shape despite his accident and we have definitely ended the season on a high. Lastly, I want to wish a big congratulations to Mercedes-Benz on their double FIA Formula E World Championships. We have a great partnership, and to have both of us finish first and second in the Drivers’ Championship is something to be proud of.”
Edoardo Mortara commented saying:
“After the highs of yesterday, I was looking forward to racing today and I think we had an outside shot at the Drivers’ Championship. At the start, there was nothing I could do to avoid Mitch [Evans] and by the time he was in my vision, it was too late to react. It was a heavy impact and I’m glad that he’s ok. From my side, I have a microfracture of my fourth vertebrae from the crash but I’m very grateful that I don’t need an operation or have a more serious injury. I would like to thank the marshals and the medical team for their response to my accident and to congratulate Norman for securing his maiden win in Formula E.”
Norman Nato who took victory commented saying:
“Today we executed the perfect race and honestly, I’m shocked and speechless. I’ve been hungry for silverware for a very long time after losing my podiums in Rome and Valencia so it was very emotional to finally finish inside the top three. Every week, we put in a massive amount of work with the hope of achieving results like this so to execute the perfect race is a very special feeling. The car was flawless and it felt like I was driving a rocketship. From my perspective, the race was very tense, especially after the second Safety Car restart when Ollie [Rowland] tried to overtake but in the end, we came out on top. It feels great to end the season with a win and this is a moment I just want to enjoy. I would like to thank the entire team for supporting me this season and getting me to the top step. I’m proud of them and a result like this means the world.”