Mortara announced as Venturi team-mate to Massa

Edoardo Mortara will retain his Venturi Formula E seat for the 2018/19 season, partnering the team’s new arrival ex-Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa.

The team announced on Tuesday that Mortara would be kept on for a second season after making his debut in the all-electric series last year.

“I’m very happy to represent Venturi  again in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the exponential growth and appeal of this revolutionary competition demonstrates that Formula E really is the future of motorsport,” Mortara said.

“As part of the team last season, I felt a strong will to succeed and I enjoyed the innate potential within Venturi. Moreover on a personal level, I received phenomenal support from the team, you can’t underestimate the importance of this for a driver, alongside huge support and goodwill from our fans which I’m very grateful for.

“I’m also very proud to compete alongside Felipe Massa, one of the most experienced and fastest drivers in the world.”

In his rookie year, Mortara scored a best finish of second during the opening weekend in Hong Kong having spun from the lead. He finished two points behind team-mate Maro Engel in 13th in the championship standings, despite missing the two New York races as well as Berlin due to his DTM commitments.

“The decision to extend our journey with Edoardo came after careful consideration. We are convinced that he and Felipe Massa will form a solid pairing at the wheel of these new Gen2 cars,” said team principal Susie Wolff.

“We know Edoardo had other options so we are pleased that he has committed to Venturi and to focussing on Formula E. His experience will be a valuable asset to our team as we move forward.”

Venturi is the fourth team to confirm its 2018/19 driver line-up, with Techeetah, Audi and Jaguar holding an unchanged pairing for the new season which features the arrival of the more powerful and durable Gen2 car.

Massa was confirmed in May to be making his Formula E debut, with the previous team incumbent Maro Engel expected to make a switch to the Venturi-powered Mercedes sleeper team HWA team for its inaugural season.

Other Mercedes factory drivers including Gary Paffett, Lucas Auer and Pascal Wehrlein are also in contention for a place at the team.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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