Edoardo Mortara has praised Venturi after securing the team’s first points of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season in Santiago last weekend.
Mortara secured a fourth-place finish for the Monegasque team but still said he had some disappointment after Alexander Sims spun him out, costing him a likely podium position.
“For sure it could have been better but we finished fourth,” Mortara told e-racing365.
“It was very difficult out there. You still need to think that we are probably the smallest team by far and for us, it’s like a victory.”
The Swiss-Italian racer said that he was impressed with the way Venturi had come back after chronic braking issues spoiled its first two races of the season.
“It’s a victory also because we were coming from two really difficult race weekends in Marrakesh and Riyadh where we had many, many issues, especially with the brakes,” he said.
“Today I think we understood [it] better, especially in qualifying, what we have to do with the brakes.
“Still not perfect in the race but it’s going in the right direction and I need to thank the team for a great job turning things around.”
Mortara Survives Wild Battle With Frijns
Mortara said that his fraught defence from Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns for fifth position was not the most challenging aspect of his race.
Mortara squeezed Frijns towards the wall at the exit of Turn 7 after he himself ran wide and glanced the barrier.
Frijns then got close to the Venturi driver after the chicane complex when Mortara again clipped the tire wall.
“To be honest, the battle with Robin was not the most difficult part,” said Mortara.
“We we’re not very good at predicting [battery] temperatures and also energy, so we were not really sure about whether we’re going handle and I never knew if I could push a lot.
“So then, obviously, you need to defend a lot.
“It was becoming quite tricky, there were so many marbles, it was very easy to do mistakes so we didn’t really use all the energy and the temperature in the right way.”
Frijns was not overly critical of Mortara but did concede it could have “ended in tears.”
“He had a mistake in [Turn] 7, he was on the marbles,” Frijns told e-racing365. “The corner was way too tight to take two cars anyway but it could have ended in tears for one of us, or both of us.
“I was behind him and I was really pushing a lot to try and overtake him and I just kind of out braked myself at Turn 12.
“I just locked up and went a bit wide and then you’re on marbles and that makes it even worse.”