Edoardo Mortara produced another trademark drive to take his second podium of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E season in the Mexico ePrix, fighting his way from sixth on the grid to third by the finish.
“It feels fantastic to be back on the podium again!” said a jubilant Mortara afterward. “During the six week break before Puebla, we worked very hard to analyse our data from the first half of the season and clearly, the hard work has paid off. I think we drove a very intelligent race today and the timing of our use of Attack Mode worked out perfectly.”
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Having again progressed to the Super Pole shootout, the Swiss racer gained a further position on the opening lap before a Safety Car bunched up the field. As always, when to run wide and utilise the mandatory Attack Mode can be key to success or failure.
Mortara rolled the dice with 30 minutes remaining, dropping to P8 but using his extra 25kW of power to produce some great overtakes and move to within striking distance of the podium. And when another Safety Car again closed up the field, Edo cleared Jake Dennis before diving past Maximilian Guenther into Turn 1 for P2.
With just a minute plus one lap remaining, Mortara lost position to the flying Audi duo of Lucas di Grassi and Rene Rast. But when a technical infraction for provisional winner Pascal Wehrlein disqualified the Porsche, Mortara was promoted to P3 – the fourth podium of his Formula E career.
“As an independent team competing against some of the biggest manufacturers in the world, results like this mean a lot and it just goes to show that when everything falls into place, we can be up here,” added Mortara. “I would like to thank the team for their hard work and hopefully, we can carry this momentum forward into tomorrow.”
A drama filled race in Mexico!
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