Since first appearing on the calendar in 2018, the Rome E-Prix has become one of Formula E’s most popular events and takes place in one of the most iconic locations in the world.
After failing to race in the Italian capital last season, however, it was fantastic to return to the EUR district for the next double-header event of the current campaign.
A revised version of the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR didn’t fail to deliver nail-biting racing in the city streets and as such, we can’t wait to return in Season 8.
With adverse weather in the air, qualifying for the second leg of the Rome double-header was always set to be an exciting affair and when the session got underway, it didn’t disappoint.
A downpour only minutes before qualifying created an unpredictable and ever-evolving track and from Group 4, Norman Nato powered to the fore.
Producing a 1:56.006 lap time, the 27-year-old shot to the top of the timesheets, going an impressive 0.854-seconds faster than his closest challenger.
In Super Pole, Norman’s fine form only continued and by shaving over 3.5-seconds off his previous personal best, secured P2 on the final starting grid.
By producing this performance in only his fourth qualifying session in Formula E, we can’t wait to see our rising star continue to shine over the coming races.
After impressing in qualifying, Norman’s fine form continued into the race and after starting on the front row, the Frenchman quickly inherited the lead on lap 2.
15-minutes into Race 2, Norman found himself in direct competition with Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein – a duel that would become a race-long scrap for silverware.
When Pascal passed Norman for P1, it was clear he held the early pace advantage but the fight was still far from over.
In a final charge to the line, Norman darted past the Porsche driver to snatch away P3, demonstrating a true offensive and defensive masterclass.
An energy overuse meant that Norman was ultimately disqualified from the final classification, but we fully intend on taking the fight to the top three again in Valencia.
Following a difficult opening round in Rome, Edoardo Mortara bounced back in fine fashion in Race 2 and showed just why he is an acclaimed street circuit specialist.
From P7 on the grid, the Swiss-Italian was on a charge and advanced to P6 by the end of the second tour.
An on-track battle with Maximilian Guenther quickly developed into a race-long scrap, but after 45-minutes of fighting, it was Edo who came out on top.
In a calm, calculated and clinical drive, Edo ultimately took P4 in the final classification following Norman’s disqualification to take home a handsome haul of 12 points.
Amidst the highs and lows of the Rome E-Prix weekend, promise and true potential was evident here at ROKiT Venturi Racing.
From taming the rain to fighting for the podium, one thing was showcased – raw pace – and we’re determined and motivated to fight at the front.
With the next races of the season closing in rapidly, we can’t wait to take to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia where we intend to ROKiT from the get-go.