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Venturi Retains Mortara, Completes Season Five Lineup

Edoardo Mortara will partner Felipe Massa at the Venturi Formula E team in S5…

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Venturi has confirmed that Edoardo Mortara will continue with the team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship next season.

The Swiss driver will partner the already-announced Felipe Massa at the Monegasque team and is set to continue testing alongside the eleven-time Grand Prix winner this month.

Mortara, whose Venturi team-mate last season was fellow Mercedes factory driver Maro Engel, finished 13th in the 2017-18 standings but missed three races because of clashing DTM commitments.

He achieved his first podium in only his second-ever Formula E race at Hong Kong, which marked the team’s third top-three finish since its Season One debut.

“I’m very happy to represent Venturi Formula E Team again in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship,” said Mortara.

“The exponential growth and appeal of this revolutionary competition demonstrates that Formula E really is the future of motorsport.

“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.”

Mortara was in contention for the drive with DTM title rival Gary Paffett, who drove for Venturi at the Marrakesh rookie test last year and has also conducted recent testing.

E-racing365 understands that the new HWA team, which is joining the grid next season as a Venturi customer, has been attending Venturi test sessions with key engineers.

It’s understood that Paffett, who is in contention for one of the HWA seats, could drive a Venturi car again later this month along with Massa and Mortara before HWA’s cars are assembled.

Mortara, who is currently fourth in the DTM points, almost won last year’s Hong Kong race but dropped to second after spinning with three laps to go.

He then scored just a further five points from his remaining seven races to finish just behind team-mate Engel in the standings.

“The decision to extend our journey with Edoardo came after careful consideration,” said Venturi team principal Susie Wolff.

“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 focusing on Formula E. His experience will be a valuable asset to our team as we move forward.”

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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