Majestic Mortara masters Mexico, takes championship lead

Edoardo Mortara backed up his Saturday podium at the Puebla ePrix with an almost flawless drive to take victory in race 2 and grab the lead of the drivers’ championship.

“What a weekend,” said a delighted Mortara. “Yesterday, we finished third on the podium and today, we went two steps further to take the win. Scoring 40 points on one race weekend alone is incredible and after winning today, I’m honestly speechless. This has been the best race weekend of my entire career. The team delivered an excellent strategy today but that didn’t make it a straightforward drive.”

The Swiss racer had started the race P3 on the grid but made a brilliant start, passing Pascal Wehrlein before taking the lead when Oliver Rowland ran wide to activate his first Attack Mode.

Each driver in the field has two mandatory Attack Modes to utilise during the race and Mortara deployed both of his perfectly, activating both of his without sacrificing track position.

Forging enough of a gap out front, Mortara was even able to activate his second Attack mode whilst maintaining the lead and managed his energy use perfectly to win his second ePrix from Wehrlein and Nick Cassidy, the German later demoted to fourth for improper use of Fanboost.

“In the final 10 laps, Pascal [Wehrlein] kept me under immense pressure, especially because he had more usable energy. This meant that we had to find a way to save more energy without sacrificing speed. It was difficult to resist him but we didn’t make any mistakes and we were able to maximise our potential to come out on top.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for both myself and the team and standing on the top step. I can’t quite believe it.”

In taking his first victory and third podium of the season, Edo now leads the Drivers’ Championship by 10 points from Robin Frijns.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team and Edo for delivering our second victory in Formula E but also for doing it in such a dominant fashion,” commented Susie Wolff, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal.

“Throughout the season, we’ve shown that we have the pace and potential to be at the front of the field – it was just about putting everything together and that’s what happened in Puebla. Two races, two podiums. 40 points on the board. We really couldn’t ask for any more from this weekend.”

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