The Venturi Formula E team has retained the services of Edoardo Mortara for the 2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship season. The Swiss-Italian driver will line up alongside former Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa, with the Brazilian making his electric racing debut later this year.
Mortara, who won the Formula 3 Euro Series Championship in 2010, made his Formula E debut in the 2017-18 season and finished thirteenth overall in the championship standings.
He ran a part-campaign for the Monaco-based team due to clashing DTM commitments with Mercedes and finished an impressive second on his debut weekend at the Hong Kong ePrix, earning the team’s only podium finish of the season. He should have won that race had he not spun out of the lead in the final laps.
With the team signing a championship rookie in Massa for the upcoming season, pairing him alongside a driver with prior experience was a key factor in re-signing Mortara, according to the outfit’s new team principal, Susie Wolff.
“The decision to extend our journey with Edoardo came after careful consideration,” she explained.
“We are convinced that he and Felipe Massa will form a solid pairing at the wheel of these new Gen2 cars. We know Edoardo had other options so we are pleased that he has committed to Venturi and to focussing on Formula E. His experience will be a valuable asset to our team as we move forward.”
Mortara and Massa have been testing the new Gen 2 specification car ahead of the season-opening Riyadh ePrix in December, and the pair will be looking to improve on Venturi’s seventh-placed finish in the 2017-18 season’s Teams’ Championship standings.
“I’m very happy to represent Venturi Formula E team again in the ABB FIA Formula E championship,” added Mortara.
“As part of the team last season, I felt a strong will to succeed and I enjoyed the innate potential within Venturi.
“Moreover on a personal level, I received phenomenal support from the team – you can’t underestimate the importance of this for a driver, alongside huge support and goodwill from our fans which I’m very grateful for.
“I’m also very proud to compete alongside Felipe Massa, one of the most experienced and fastest drivers in the world.”
|2018-19 FIA Formula E Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)|
|Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
||Lucas di Grassi||Daniel Abt|
|Envision Virgin Racing||Sam Bird||TBA|
|DS Techeetah||Jean-Éric Vergne||André Lotterer|
|Dragon Racing||José María López||TBA|
|Panasonic Jaguar Racing
||Mitch Evans||Nelson Piquet Jr.|
|NIO Formula E Team
|Venturi Formula E Team
||Felipe Massa||Edoardo Mortara|
|BMW i Andretti Motorsport
Images via FIA Formula E Championship and Venturi Formula E Team