Monaco’s Venturi Attempts to Win the Formula E Drivers World Championship in Berlin
Destiny can put a spoke in the best-laid plans, especially those of Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara who had a fighting chance to win the Formula E World Drivers Championship in the final race of the season in Berlin.
As we have seen so often this season, notably during the Formula 1 Grand Prix too, you can be the best driver together with piloting a dream-racing car but accidents that play havoc with your best plans come out of nowhere. There was just a three-point gap to overcome and Mortara would be holding the world championship trophy. It was not to be.
Yet he has had a magnificent season with Venturi and finished runner-up in the Drivers World Championship. Thus, Monaco has reason to celebrate the Swiss ace’s latest success in Berlin for the ROKit Venturi team.
Speed, sparks, and champagne 🎇
Take a look back at our double-podium weekend in Germany with our stunning Berlin E-Prix gallery 🖼️#BerlinEPrix #MadeInMonaco #ABBFormulaE
— ROKiT Venturi Racing (@VenturiFE) August 20, 2021
And this wasn’t all Venturi had to celebrate. Norman Nato gave Venturi its second first place of the season and stood on the pinnacle of the podium in Berlin, just where the Principality delights in seeing the drivers from Susie Wolf’s team
Monegasque Anthem Rings out Over Berlin
And so the Monegasque anthem sounded this week over Berlin a few minutes after the end of the second race of this last round of races. Venturi was represented on the top step of the podium for the second time this year, after the victory of Edoardo Mortara in Puebla, Mexico.
This time it was the rookie Norman Nato who had started sixth and owes his victory in particular to a very smart strategy during the race. He was the first of the leading cars to activate his surplus 35 kW attack mode, beating to it Alexander Sims (Mahindra), Oliver Rowland (Nissan) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes). After that, the ROKit Venturi driver was never threatened at the front and rejoiced in his first success in ePrix.
THAT is how to finish a rookie season! 🍾@NatoNorman #BerlinEPrix #MadeInMonaco #ABBFormulaE pic.twitter.com/L8h1vk55pR
— ROKiT Venturi Racing (@VenturiFE) August 19, 2021
The day before, it was his Swiss teammate Mortara in the Monegasque team who had shone in this double round of the Berlin ePrix. The Swiss finished second, just a few hundredths of a second behind Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi of Audi. During the race, Edoardo Mortara and Norman Nato of Venturi were first and second at one point, before the Brazilian overtook them. Nato eventually finished fourth less than a tenth of a second behind Mitch Evans’ Jaguar. With this performance, the Swiss put himself in a position to dream of a world title in the next race: he was then standing three points behind Nyck de Vries of Mercedes. Unfortunately, that hope was quickly dashed. At the start, Mortara could not avoid Mitch Evans’ Jaguar, which had stalled on the grid. Edoardo was therefore forced to retire. By finishing eighth, Nyck de Vries scored an additional four points and thus sealed the lead in the world championship to win his first world title. Edoardo Mortara who is in his fourth season in Formula E with the Monaco team has to celebrate his second place as runner-up in the Drivers World Championship.
ROKit Venturi finished in seventh place in the Teams’ overall standings for the season.