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Mortara Upbeat Despite Reliability Heartache

Edoardo Mortara upbeat about Venturi’s pace despite disappointing retirement in Rome…

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Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara has remained positive despite suffering a suspected driveshaft problem in Rome on Saturday.

The failure, which occurred while he was running in seventh position, denied him the chance to take a possible lead in the drivers’ points standings.

Mortara suffered the mechanical problem shortly after overtaking teammate Felipe Massa who himself retired with a similar problem a few minutes later.

Officially, Venturi described the issues on its FE05 cars as transmission-related, but drivers radioed through to their engineers and suggested a driveshaft problem.

“We think it’s a driveshaft. We need to look into it and understand exactly what happened,” Mortara told e-racing365 immediately after the race.

It marked Mortara’s first retirement of the season, but braking issues at the first race in Saudi Arabia severely compromized his race.

Up until his retirement, Mortara was homing in on the sixth-placed Oliver Rowland.

“I felt really competitive actually,” he said.

“We had more energy than the others, we were more efficient than the cars in front of us, at least the three cars in front of me, so Rowland, [Robin] Frijns and [Sebastien] Buemi and I think I could have given them a good fight during the race.

“To be honest, I would rather have a mechanical failure than finish the race and not be competitive.”

Venturi team principal Susie Wolff said that she and the team would be looking for quick solutions to the issues which have also blighted Venturi’s customer team HWA Racelab.

“There’s no point focusing on the fact that we lost good points today when we had such good pace – it’s about finding the solution to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Wolff.

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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