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Fritz: “Too Early” to Label Mortara as Mercedes Favorite

HWA boss: Too early to label Edoardo Mortara a favorite for Mercedes EQ next season…

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Both Edoardo Mortara and HWA Racelab say it is too early to talk about the possibility of the current Venturi driver racing with the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team next season.

Mortara tested the Mercedes EQ development car late last month at Varano in Italy alongside current HWA Racelab driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Swiss/Italian has been a factory Mercedes driver since 2017 when he switched from rival Audi.

He made his Formula E debut for Venturi at the start of Season Four and claimed a first victory for the Monegasque manufacturer in Hong Kong earlier this season.

Mortara says that he is open to where his Formula E future lies after a strong start to his sophomore campaign which sees him currently sit in equal sixth position with Lucas di Grassi.

“It is not up to me to make any decisions and I will go with the flow,” Mortara told e-racing365.

“Maybe I will not test for them in the near future, nothing is decided. Gary [Paffett] and Stoffel are there so it is way too early to say anything.

Mortara said that he wants to continue racing in Formula E and have the best chance to win races and be a championship contender.

“We have a good relationship,” he said.

“Whatever is decided for me I am happy with in the future but my main motivation is to be in a competitive car and fight for wins which I think is what every driver wants from motorsport.”

HWA Racelab team principal Ulrich Fritz explained that it is too soon to say that Mortara is the clear favorite to drive for Mercedes EQ in Season Six.

“I wouldn’t go so far [to say Mortara is a favorite], we have this relationship with Venturi and we have always said we want to have a fair relationship and we will find the best way to work forward in the next season,” Fritz told e-racing365.

“At the moment it is just at the halfway point of the season so it is too early to discuss this.

“I think there was no major thinking behind [the Varano test] because Gary was in California (for the Intercontinental GT Challenge round at Laguna Seca).

“Edo is still part of the family and are happy testing with all three guys absolutely.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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