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
9Sam BIRDJAGUAR+ 15.0482
10Oliver ROWLANDMAHINDRA+ 15.2701
12Pascal WEHRLEINPORSCHE+ 30.043
14Alexander SIMSMAHINDRA+ 32.332
16Sebastien BUEMINISSAN E.DAMS+ 33.707
17Oliver TURVEYNIO+ 35.018
18Robin FRIJNSENVISION+ 35.686
Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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