Jakarta was a fresh stop for the FIA Formula E World Championship and as the 25th city to host an E-Prix, the fully-electric single-seater series raced on new horizons in Indonesia.
Amidst the heat and humidity, temperatures were high and as the ninth race of 2022 unfolded, the picture became ever clearer as Season 8 surpassed its halfway point.
Practice proved to be crucial throughout Saturday morning and come qualifying, Edoardo Mortara was in the prime position to reap rewards after securing back-to-back pole positions in Berlin.
By posting a 1:08.716 lap in Group B, the Swiss-Italian eased into the duels and first faced and defeated Andretti’s Jake Dennis in Quarter-Final Three.
Edo next went up against Antonio Felix da Costa although a snap of oversteer in Sector One cost him time and forced an early exit at the penultimate stage of qualifying.
With a total of 11 victories in the duels, however, Edo has now won more qualifying head-to-heads than any other driver in Formula E.
Edo carried this form into the race and continued to make inroads after starting from the second row of the grid.
Utilising the overcut strategy, he was in the thick of the fight and, sitting in third, was locked in the battle for victory with Mitch Evans and Jean-Eric Vergne.
With the number of laps waning, Edo was unfortunately unable to overtake but finished on the final step of the podium, only 0.234 seconds adrift of Vergne and 0.967 seconds shy of winner Evans.
This marked Edo’s third consecutive podium this season, the 11th of his career and ROKiT Venturi Racing’s 16th in Formula E to date.
Lucas di Grassi, meanwhile, showcased a fighting comeback through the field to take home a comfortable haul of points after a difficult Group A performance.
After losing ground at the start, the Season 3 champion bounced back and performed a total of seven overtakes to finish seventh, only five seconds back from the eventual winner.
Combining his helping of six points with Edo’s 15 and ROKiT Venturi Racing holds third in the World Teams’ Championship with 169 points – 23 more than our entire total from Season 7’s 15-race campaign.
This perfectly aligns with our total lap count in Jakarta which stands at 169 laps – a distance of 400 kilometres which brings our season mileage up to 3,440 kilometres.
This is the equivalent of driving directly from our headquarters in Monaco to the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan – the home of the Marrakesh E-Prix and the next race in Season 8.