ROKiT Venturi Racing Shows Promise Amidst Challenging Day in New York

ROKiT Venturi Racing shows promise in the face of a challenging day in New York City

In Numbers

Edoardo Mortara

Practice 1 // P19

Practice 2 // P4

Qualifying // P23

Race // P14

Championship // P1 [72 points]

Norman Nato 

Practice 1 // P18

Practice 2 // P5

Qualifying // P19

Race // P15

Championship // P23 [11 points]

ROKiT Venturi Racing

Championship // P7 [83 points]

In Detail

ROKiT Venturi Racing experienced a challenging yet promising opening race in the double-header New York City E-Prix as the Monegasque marque returned to The Big Apple for the first time since 2019.

Facing a disrupted practice programme as a result of a shortened FP1, the team showed promising pace in FP2 prior to qualifying for the first event of the weekend.

In a difficult session, Norman Nato took P19 while team-mate Edoardo Mortara lined up in P23 after being unable to use full power in his one-shot run from Group 1.

From rows 10 and 12 on the grid, the French and Swiss-Italian pairing adopted a conservative strategy from the outset by underconsuming energy to extend long-term battery life.

With this approach, Norman carefully worked his way through the field to run as high as P12 – setting the fastest lap en route – before falling to P15 after getting forced offline in the right-hand hairpin of Turn 10.

Edo meanwhile continued to play the strategy game and ascended to P14, gaining nine positions to front a 14-15 result for ROKiT Venturi Racing at the chequered flag.

In Their Words

Susie Wolff, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal

“Today just goes to show once again how fast things can change in Formula E. A problem during Edo’s qualifying prevented him from using the full 250kW available while Norman didn’t manage to pull a clean lap together. Starting from the back is always challenging but we showed some promising pace and we know we have a fast package – there are positives we can take. Thankfully, this weekend is a double-header so we reset, and we go again tomorrow.”

Edoardo Mortara

“We were able to show some really good pace in FP2 but an issue in qualifying compromised my race today. When I started my push lap, I wasn’t able to go into the 250kW mode so I did my group run with a 50kW power disadvantage to my competitors. Starting from P23, the only way was forward but we were able to do an intelligent race and I gained nine positions to finish P14. We know that the car is working well here and I think points are achievable tomorrow.”

Norman Nato 

“It’s a shame that we weren’t able to carry over our pace from FP2 into qualifying. I should have done better and we had the performance to score points. Starting at the back is tricky but there is always a possibility to fight forward. In the second-half of the race, I was in quite a good position but I was crashed into twice which lost me four positions. Fortunately, we get to go again tomorrow and I know that if we can start inside the top eight, we can compete for big points.”