It’s an uplifting time for Monegasques who love motor racing. Not only is the calendar rich with new events but nowadays there always seems a high-profile Monegasque in contention both in Formula 1 Grand Prix and also in ePrix. In ePrix it is Monegasque entrepreneurship and leading technology that is making waves in the form of Venturi. The Venturi team are having a remarkable resurgence and mid-way through the season are eyeing both the Teams and Drivers Championships. This last weekend in Morocco has made all the difference and catapulted Rokit-Venturi into a double lead.
In the driver’s standings, Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara leads by 11 points ahead of Verne and is 14 points ahead of Monaco ePrix winner Stoffel Vandoorne.
Not only did Mortara claim first-place but his Venturi team-mate Lucas di Grassi worked wonders. He climbed up seven positions concluding with an impressive overtake at the second to last bend on the final lap, ultimately finishing fifth. That gave Monegasque Venturi the Teams standings lead in Marrakesh too. They have a two-point lead ahead of DS Techeetah with six rounds of the season to go.
So how did the race in Morocco unfold. It turned out to be a straightforward win for Mortara who started behind his Portuguese rival DS Techeetah’s Félix da Costa. Mortara kept within overtaking distance until the first round of power boosts when he took the lead. Da Costa then gave up second place to team-mate Vergne for a while. Vergne couldn’t close the gap with the Venturi ace in the race for the checkered flag and then fell back. DaCosta recovered and came closest with a second place finish. And New Zealand’s Mitch Evans came third beating out the Frenchman Vergne for a podium position.
That’s Mortara’s third win of the season and Venturi and Mortara will be aiming to capitalize on their double Championship leads in the next round of racing in New York. That’s in two weeks time as the championship really heats up and the Monegasque brand makes headlines in the United States.