Mortara claims Marrakesh E-Prix win and championship lead

    In the searing Marrakesh heat, Mortara kept his cool and took the win


    ROKiT Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara was in imperious form as he sailed to victory at the 2022 Marrakesh E-Prix and also took control of the Drivers’ Championship with the win. 

    Round 10 of the Formula E season saw Antonio Felix da Costa in the DS Techeetah start on pole position, with Mortara also on the front row, and the second DS Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne in third. 

    Mortara made a great start and took first position after the opening round of Attack Mode activations, and that was where he stayed for the entire race, despite coming under some late pressure from Da Costa

    “I must admit after Free Practice 2, we had a lot of issues and I was not thinking we could turn this thing around,” Mortara said. 

    “But, I have an incredible team behind me and they managed to do an incredible job already in quali. Then during the race, they had a plan, they had a strategy, we executed it and it was perfect.

    “You have the guys putting you under a lot of pressure. I was trying to be intelligent, trying to manage. There was a lot to manage today – tyres obviously, but also battery temperatures, energy. 

    Edoardo Mortara (CHE), ROKiT Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), DS Techeetah, DS E-Tense FE21 Pascal Wehrlein (DEU), Tag Heuer Porsche, Porsche 99X Electric action

    “It was very difficult, I had some issues with the car today, I was a little bit by myself let’s say, but we did that and I’m extremely happy.”

    That made it Mortara’s third win of the 2022 Formula E season, and he usurped previous incumbent Stoffel Vandoorne who started in 20th place after a brake problem on his Mercedes EQ car. 

    As we reach the climax of the season, fellow title challengers Vergne and Mitch Evans in the Jaguar, also earned crucial championship points as the New Zealander made it onto the podium after starting sixth, all thanks to a late lunge on Verge

    With temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius, battery efficiency was of upmost importance, and most drivers took their two Attack Modes early while the battery was at its coolest. 

    Vandoorne surging through 

    Vandoorne had a great drive after starting in Marrakesh from the back of the grid, and made up 12 places to end the race in eighth. While his Mercedes EQ teammate Nyck de Vries ended up in sixth. 

    However, that means Mortara now has an 11-point lead in the Drivers World Championship, with Vergne second and Vandoorne third. 

    Marrakesh E-Prix Results – Round 10

    1Edoardo MORTARAVENTURI46:45.41025
    2Antonio Felix DA COSTADS TECHEETAH+ 2.29721
    3Mitch EVANSJAGUAR+ 6.27015
    4Jean-Eric VERGNEDS TECHEETAH+ 6.96512
    5Lucas DI GRASSIVENTURI+ 7.78711
    6Nyck DE VRIESMERCEDES-EQ+ 8.3948
    8Stoffel VANDOORNEMERCEDES-EQ+ 14.5414
    9Sam BIRDJAGUAR+ 15.0482
    10Oliver ROWLANDMAHINDRA+ 15.2701
    12Pascal WEHRLEINPORSCHE+ 30.043
    13Nick CASSIDYENVISION+ 31.970
    14Alexander SIMSMAHINDRA+ 32.332
    15Andre LOTTERERPORSCHE+ 32.364
    16Sebastien BUEMINISSAN E.DAMS+ 33.707
    17Oliver TURVEYNIO+ 35.018
    18Robin FRIJNSENVISION+ 35.686
    19Antonio GIOVINAZZIDRAGON / PENSKE+ 40.887
    20Sergio SETTE CAMARADRAGON / PENSKE+ 42.764


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