ROKiT Venturi Racing Battles to Third in Jakarta

In Numbers 

Edoardo Mortara 

Free Practice One // 11th 

Free Practice Two // 5th

Qualifying // 4th [1:08.693, Semi-Final Two] 

Race // 3rd

Positions Gained // +1

Fastest Lap // 1:09.899 

Championship // 3rd [114 points] 

Lucas di Grassi 

Free Practice One // 3rd

Free Practice Two // 17th

Qualifying // 10th [1:09.118, Group A] 

Race // 7th

Positions Gained // +3

Fastest Lap // 1:10.125 

Championship // 9th [55 points] 

ROKiT Venturi Racing 

Championship // 3rd [169 points] 

In Detail 

ROKiT Venturi Racing secured its fifth podium of the season at the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix, with Edoardo Mortara finishing third in the Indonesian capital.

Following a dominant weekend in Berlin, the Monegasque marque maintained its momentum in the ninth race of the current campaign.

In qualifying, Lucas di Grassi narrowly missed out on the top four in Group A while from Group B, Edo advanced to the duel stages with the second-fastest time.

The Swiss-Italian defeated Jake Dennis in the third Quarter Final before losing out to Antonio Felix da Costa in the penultimate stage to qualify fourth on the grid.

He made a strong start from the second row to maintain position, while Lucas slipped to 11th after lining up in 10th.

After settling into a rhythm, the race was momentarily paused by a Safety Car following a stoppage for Oliver Rowland and was resumed with 40 minutes + one lap remaining.

Lucas made immediate progress by overtaking André Lotterer at the restart while Edo advanced to third when Da Costa activated Attack Mode.

Opting to utilise the overcut strategy, Edo ran as high as second place and activated the power boost device himself in the 19th minute.

Here joined in fourth to resume his fight with Da Costa and cleared the Portuguese pilot in his second Attack Mode period, 12 minutes from the end.

Lucas, meanwhile, continued his charge for points and overtook Sebastien Buemi, Nyck de Vries and Pascal Wehrlein to move forwards to seventh.

With an energy advantage on Mitch Evans and Jean-Eric Vergne, Edo closed in on the battle for the win in the final laps but fell only 0.234 seconds shy of the runner-up spot and 0.967 seconds adrift of victory at the chequered flag.

By taking home third, Edo secured his fourth podium of the season and the 11th of his career while Lucas added six points to the team’s total of 21 from the weekend.

With this result, ROKiT Venturi Racing holds third in the World Teams’ Championship with 169 points while Edo also lies third in the Drivers’ Standings with 114 points.

The FIA Formula E World Championship’s eighth season will resume on 2 July when the fully-electric series returns to Morocco for the Marrakesh E-Prix.

In Their Words 

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Team Principal, ROKiT Venturi Racing 

“A great first race for us and Formula E in Jakarta today. With Edo on the podium in third and Lucas battling forward to seventh, we were able to take home a good haul of points. The heat and humidity meant that the race was quite challenging in terms of both battery and tyre management but our guys did a tremendous job to manage this situation. The battle in both the Drivers’ and Teams’ World Championships is extremely close at the moment and with only four weekends remaining this season, we need to maintain our current momentum. We’ll still be taking it on a race-by-race basis and as always, the goal is to do our best.”

Edoardo Mortara, Driver, ROKiT Venturi Racing 

“I really enjoyed racing in Jakarta for the first time and I think we can consider this as a successful weekend. Because of the high temperatures and humidity, the race was very challenging, not only physically but in terms of managing the tyres and battery. For sure, it was not easy but we executed a very smart strategy. After qualifying, our goal was on the podium and in the final laps, I could see that Mitch [Evans] and Jean-Eric [Vergne] were starting to fight one another. We joined the battle but unfortunately, there just weren’t enough laps to get past. I’m extremely happy to be back on the podium and now, we focus on Marrakesh.”

Lucas di Grassi, Driver, ROKiT Venturi Racing 

“Racing in Jakarta was a very interesting experience. The weather conditions meant that the race was quite difficult to manage but I think we can be pleased with our performance. We executed a very strong race and after losing ground at the start, I was able to climb back to seventh. Our pace was very strong and we finished only five seconds behind the leader but obviously, seventh is not where we want to be. I think our early exit in qualifying put us on the back foot for the race and I know that if we can get into the duel stages, we can fight for the top five and the podium. Next up we have Marrakesh where I’m hoping to do exactly that.”