New York results show “things can change pretty quickly in Formula E” – Edoardo Mortara


After the peaks of the Puebla E-Prize, Edoardo Mortara‘s New York City E-Prize was something for the Swiss rider to forget, as the pre-race championship leader finished both races out of points.

the ROKiT Venturi Racing pilot took a victory and a third place in Mexico three weeks ago to come to New York at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship ranking.

But Saturday’s opening race was compromised in qualifying as he was unable to use his full 250 kW mode for his only running lap, leaving him at the back of the field. Despite feeling like he had a solid car under him, he was only able to climb from twenty-third place on the grid to fourteenth.

“We were able to show a very good pace in FP2, but a problem in qualifying compromised my race today”, Mortara said on Saturday. “When I started my push turn I wasn’t able to switch to 250kW mode, so I made my group with a 50kW power disadvantage compared to my competition.

“Starting from 23rd place the only way was to move forward but we were able to have a smart race and I gained nine positions to finish 14th. “

Returning to Group 1 of the second qualifying session on Sunday, Mortara could not qualify until the fourteenth, and he again missed points after losing a lot of time after a collision with BMW i Andretti Motorsport‘s Jake dennis as the two fought for the thirteenth.

Mortara says he struggled for pace in Sunday’s second race at the Brooklyn Streets Tour, and he hopes everything will work out when Formula E arrives London in two weeks.

“Being in Group 1 in qualifying is never ideal but from the middle of the field, I was quite optimistic for the race. said the Swiss rider after Sunday’s second race. “At the start, I lost a few positions but I was able to recover quite well.

“In my first mode of attack I tried to pass Dennis for 13th, but we made contact and from there I couldn’t do much. I struggled to keep the pace and hoped we could be more competitive.

“After the success we had in Puebla and our performances this weekend, it shows that things can change quite quickly in Formula E. We have to keep our feet on the ground and stay focused so that we can improve for the next one. race in London. “


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