Edoardo Mortara says that he still considers himself a rookie as he embarks on a second season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The Venturi driver missed three races in his maiden Formula E season last term after clashing commitments with his DTM campaign with Mercedes-AMG.
“People are forgetting, I still consider myself sort of a rookie this year, because I didn’t do all race weekends in Season Four and I had to stop and go back to DTM,” Mortara told e-racing365.
“Most of them to be honest were frustrating weekends because I had always some issues, whether they be mechanical or software, or stuff like that.”
Mortara says that the recent progress which has seen him score a fourth and third position in Santiago and Mexico City have given renewed optimism after a difficult start to the current season.
“This season we are focussing on the right areas and hopefully we are going to be more competitive and achieve better results,” he explained.
“So far we are seeing a good and solid improvement so things are picking up and we are gaining momentum.”
Mortara also believes that the memory of his penultimate lap mistake in Hong Kong which lost him a likely win on his debut will spur him on as Formula E returns to the city next weekend.
“I will never forget my first race in Hong Kong where I did a stupid mistake, but it was a good lesson for me, and I think I learnt from it,” he said.
“Great” Partnership with Massa
Mortara says that his new partnership with Felipe Massa at Venturi can only be good for his reputation as a driver.
Massa replaced Maro Engel as Mortara’s teammate this season but has so far been outperformed by the Swiss/Italian who has 27 points to Massa’s four.
“It is fantastic because really I have everything to win in this situation,” said Mortara.
“Felipe is such a big name in motorsport, so if I can manage to beat him, then hopefully people will start recognising me as a good driver, which they are probably less likely to do if I had a lesser known driver as a teammate.”
Mortara stated that he is getting on well with his teammate and that a spirit of mutual cooperation is pushing the Venturi team on.
“I really like Felipe’s personality. We have pretty much similar cultures, so it’s quite easy to communicate and understand each other, which is great,” he said.