ROKiT Venturi Racing geared up for home Monaco ePrix

ROKiT Venturi Racing, the only Monaco based motorsport team, is hoping that home comforts will provide them with the inspiration required to bag more points at the fourth running of the Monaco ePrix.

The famous Monaco circuit has hosted races around the Principality ever since 1929 and for the first time in the world’s premier electric racing series, the cars will compete on the full layout of the world’s most iconic street circuit.

Since 2015, Formula E has raced on a shortened circuit. But for the 2021 edition, the whirr of electric cars will be heard through the famous tunnel and iconic corners including Saint Devote, Casino Square and the Grand Hotel hairpin.

“As the only Monegasque race team with our new HQ just moments from the track, the Monaco E-Prix is understandably a very special race for us,” commented Susie Wolff, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal. “It’s an iconic track and the jewel in the Formula E crown. With Felipe’s podium last time we raced here in Season 5 we know how good it feels to taste success on home turf.

“Despite this, our approach going into this weekend doesn’t change. It’s business as usual. Over the last two race weekends, we’ve demonstrated that we have a car quick enough for the podium and that’s where we have our sights firmly set for this weekend.”

ROKiT Venturi Racing is one of only two teams in history to have finished inside the top 10 of every Monaco E-Prix to date, Felipe Massa finishing on the podium the last time the race was held here. His teammate then was Edoardo Mortara, who hopes to once again add to the points already accumulated so far this season.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 11: Albert II, Prince of Albert congratulates Felipe Massa (BRA), Venturi Formula E on the podium during the Monaco E-prix at Monte Carlo on May 11, 2019 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Andrew Ferraro / LAT Images)

“It’s always special to race on the streets of Monaco and as our home race, this weekend’s E-Prix is very special to us,” commented Mortara. “Racing on the full configuration of the Circuit de Monaco will be a challenge, one that I’m looking forward to and I think it will make for some great action come Saturday. We know that we have a strong car this season, and if we can perform well in qualifying, I think we’ll be able to fight at the front and hopefully, deliver a good result.”

For his new teammate Norman Nato, the challenge of Monaco is nothing new, the Frenchman having experienced that winning feeling in Formula Renault 3.5.

“Over the past two race weekends, I think we were able to showcase the level of performance that we’re truly capable of achieving this season and heading into Monaco, this is especially encouraging,” adds Nato. “This will be my first Monaco E-Prix but I already know the circuit very well and it’s one that I’ve performed well at in the past, including a win in 2014 in Formula Renault 3.5. As the team’s home event, this weekend’s race is a highlight for us and I’ll be aiming to deliver a strong result, and hopefully continue my form from Rome and Valencia.”

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