The ROKiT Venturi Racing Team’s Norman Nato bounced back from an incident with BMW I Andretti Motorsports Jake Dennis to score points in race 2 in New York City.
Nato who started the race from tenth came home in seventh place and speaking following the action he said:
Qualifying was an improvement from yesterday but because I was starting on the left-hand side of the grid, I knew that the start would be difficult. I lost three positions on the first lap but I was able to make up some places early on. I was in a good position with energy and we were faster than the cars ahead throughout the race. In the end, I think we got the strategy right and we were aiming for points so to recover from P13 on lap 1 to P7 at the flag is a good performance. We know that we have the pace in the race, and if we can improve on our qualifying in the coming races, I’m confident that we can score some big points and get into the top five.”
Edoardo Mortara who came into the race leading the championship endured a difficult race as he came home in 17th place.
Mortara has now slipped to fourth in the championship on 71 points and speaking following the race he said:
Being in Group 1 in qualifying is never ideal but from the middle of the field, I was quite optimistic for the race. At the start, I lost a few positions but I was able to recover quite well. During my first Attack Mode, I tried to overtake Dennis for P13 but we made contact and from there, there was very little I could do. I struggled for pace overall and I was hoping we could be more competitive. After the success we had in Puebla and our performance from this weekend, it shows that things can change quite quickly in Formula E. We need to keep our feet on the ground and remain focussed so we can improve for the next race in London.”
ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal Susie Wolff commented saying:
After a difficult start, Norman drove a good race today to score points. For Edo, his incident with Dennis was unfortunate and I think he had the pace this weekend to finish inside the top 10. After such a strong performance in Puebla, we definitely hoped for more championship points here. We need to reset now so we can come back fighting in London.”