ROKiT Venturi Racing Returns to Podium in Berlin Race Two

In Numbers

Edoardo Mortara

Free Practice One // 1st

Free Practice Two // 2nd

Qualifying // 1st [1:05.972, Final]

Race // 2nd

Fastest Lap // 1:08.165

Championship // 2nd [99 points]

Lucas di Grassi

Free Practice One // 9th

Free Practice Two // 1st

Qualifying // 6th [1:06.508, Quarter-Final Three]

Race // 4th

Fastest Lap // 1:08.371

Championship // 9th [49 points]

ROKiT Venturi Racing

Championship // 2nd [148 points]

In Detail

ROKiT Venturi Racing soared to back-to-back podiums at the 2022 Berlin E-Prix, with Edoardo Mortara taking second place in Race Two after starting from pole position.

After tasting victory in Race One, the Monegasque marque continued to show promise on Sunday morning by topping both practice sessions in the German capital.

Edo and team-mate Lucas di Grassi carried this momentum forward into qualifying and both drivers advanced from their respective groups to contest the duel stages.

In the Quarter-Finals, Lucas lost out to Nyck de Vries by only 0.270 seconds to qualify sixth while, by beating Nick Cassidy, Edo faced the Dutchman in the second Semi-Final.

By defeating the Mercedes-EQ driver, Edo then cemented his place in the Final and vanquished Robin Frijns by 0.498 seconds to secure a second consecutive pole position and three points.

At the start of the race, Edo successfully defended from fellow front row starter Frijns but slipped to second following a diving move from De Vries into Turn One.

Lucas, meanwhile, made steady progress from the third row by immediately moving into the top five, overtaking Antonio Felix da Costa.

As the race progressed and strategy evolved, Edo regained the lead and Lucas moved into third when De Vries and André Lotterer and Frijns activated Attack Mode with 34 minutes remaining.

In favour of the overcut strategy, however, the duo fell to fifth and sixth upon activating their sole Attack Mode of the E-Prix in the 16th minute.

With a power advantage over all other drivers ahead, Edo and Lucas carved through the field, clearing Lotterer, Stoffel Vandoorne and da Costa to hold second and third on the road.

Despite posting the fastest lap of the race, Edo was unable to close in on and pass De Vries but secured second place when the chequered flag waved in the German capital.

In the closing moments, Lucas unfortunately lost track position to Vandoorne and finished fourth overall to score 12 points.

With this result, Edo advanced to second in the World Drivers’ Championship while, by scoring a total of 62 points in one weekend, ROKiT Venturi Racing moved to second in the Teams’ Standings, now holding 148 points from eight races.

Formula E’s Season 8 campaign will resume on 4 June, 2022, for the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix in Indonesia.

In Their Words

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Team Principal, ROKiT Venturi Racing

“This weekend has been phenomenal and I’m extremely proud of the entire team for what we have been able to achieve. One win, two podiums, two pole positions, two fastest laps and 62 points from two races is an incredible achievement and in a championship as close and competitive as Formula E, is one that doesn’t happen very often at all. Edo did a great job to get another podium which marked his 10th for the team and Lucas was unlucky to just miss out on third but he had a very strong drive to fight from sixth to fourth. Everyone has done a fantastic job this weekend and other than that, there isn’t much more I can say.”

Edoardo Mortara, Driver, ROKiT Venturi Racing

“Today’s race was more difficult in comparison to yesterday’s. Both the ambient and track temperatures were much higher and this meant that there was more management to do, both for the energy and the tyres. Nyck’s pace was very strong today and realistically, I think he was just out of reach for us. Still, we can be very happy to take home another podium by finishing in second place. After taking the victory yesterday, second today, both pole positions and the fastest lap, this has been a great weekend for us. I’m proud of the entire team and extremely grateful for the hard work that they put in every single day. Hopefully we will be able to carry this momentum with us in Jakarta.”

Lucas di Grassi, Driver, ROKiT Venturi Racing

“It was frustrating to miss out on the podium today, especially so close to the finish, but overall, I’m happy with this result. After yesterday it was clear that we had the pace to be at the front and we made the most in qualifying to start inside the top eight. I made a good start and we did a clever strategy to overcut the cars around us. At the end, Stoffel [Vandoorne] had a slight energy advantage over me and he was able to overtake. 12 points reflects the kind of performance that we should be aiming for in every race at the very least and I hope we can continue this form in Jakarta.”