ROKiT Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff says her outfit has had an eventful season seven to date and Saturday’s Monaco ePrix, the team’s home race was no exception to the rule as Edoardo Mortara came home in 13th place while Norman Nato was just behind his teammate in 14th.
Speaking following the race, Wolff commented saying:
“Season 7 so far has been eventful and today’s race was no exception. Overtaking in Monaco is notoriously difficult, and from P12 and P18 on the grid, we knew that we faced an uphill battle. Edo was able to make a very good start and made up five positions on the opening lap but contact damaged Norman’s steering which effectively ended his race before it had even begun. Edo fought forward and was in a position to score points but, unfortunately, he was hit on the final lap with only two corners to go. It was just one of those races, but we’ll continue to work hard and learn from today so we can bounce back and aim for the results that I know we’re capable of achieving in Mexico.”
Edoardo Mortara commented on his race saying:
“Overall, today was quite frustrating because we had very good pace from practice that we failed to capitalise on. A difficult qualifying session meant that we started in P18 and because overtaking is so challenging in Monaco, I knew that we were in for a tough race. Despite this, I made a good start, navigated my way through the trouble and gained five positions on the first lap. From there, I was closing in on the top 10 and on the final lap, tried to make the most of the chaos in front of me. I went for it but was hit quite hard in Rascasse and that was it. Points could have been possible today but ultimately, we’ll never know. Finishing P11 or P13, it’s the same and doesn’t make a difference – it’s about seizing every opportunity and going for it. There are positives to take from this weekend though and we’ll bounce back in Puebla.”
Norman Nato commented saying:
“My pace in qualifying was quite good and I was only one-tenth away from Super Pole but a two-place penalty pushed me further into the field. The start to the race was quite chaotic and the cars in front of me were running side-by-side, three wide. To avoid one of the cars, [Sebastien] Buemi had to turn and he touched the front of my car. This damaged my steering, in the hairpin, I could barely turn and from there, my race was pretty much over. We’ll learn from today and for sure, we will bounce back at the next race in Mexico.”