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Edoardo Mortara: “This has been the best race weekend of my entire career”

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Edoardo Mortara took his second career ABB FIA Formula E World Championship victory in race two of the Puebla E-Prix last Sunday, with the win also seeing him take over at the top of the championship standings.

Having finished third in race one on Saturday, the Swiss racer played the perfect tactical battle to defeat Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E Team’s Pascal Wehrlein to the chequered flag to take the win, with the ROKiT Venturi Racing driver scoring forty points across the weekend.

And Mortara says the Puebla E-Prix weekend was the best of his career to date.

“What a weekend,” said 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.”

Mortara praised his team for their strategy calls, but he knew he had to do something different to withstand the pressure from Wehrlein.  And he found a line through the banking that his German rival was unable to follow, and it left him able to take the victory.

“The team delivered an excellent strategy today but that didn’t make it a straightforward drive,” he said.  “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.”

Susie Wolff, the Team Principal of Venturi, was ‘incredibly proud’ of the team for their efforts during the Puebla E-Prix, and it was pleasing to see everything coming together for them after showing flashes of what might have been earlier in the season.

“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,” said Wolff.  “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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