ROKiT VENTURI RACING AIMING FOR ANOTHER PODIUM ON HOME TURF
ROKiT Venturi Racing hoping for a trip to the podium at Monaco E-Prix with the Monegasque outfit racing in its own backyard.
ROKiT Venturi Racing is the only team with headquarters in Monaco, Fontevielle, just around the corner from the legendary iconic streets. For the fourth season, the ABB FIA Formula E will host Monaco E-Prix on the full historic Monte Carlo Circuit layout this weekend.
Susie Wolff, Venturi’s Team Principal is currently wanting to make a good improvement for the squad on the home Grand Prix, as she is pleased with the results of Venturi’s performance this year – 9th in the standings at the moment. As special as racing in Monaco for any driver or for the team, with what Felipe Massa proving what Venturi can do in its backyard, Wolff ensures that it would be another weekend for them to grab some good points and focus fully on Saturday.
Susie Wolff said, “I think we’re made a big step forward from last season and the most important thing is that the pace is there – the rest we can get right.”
“Norman (Nato) had a difficult start in Saudi Arabia but has absolutely shown he deserves his chance in Formula E. To have not stood on the podium yet but to have finished third and second on track, I think his time will come, for sure.”
“With Felipe’s podium last time we raced here in Season 5 we know how good it feels to taste success on home turf,” continues Wolff. “It’s special for us to be here and I’m really looking forward to seeing these cars racing on this iconic circuit. It feels like a very special moment for Formula E, too. It’s the jewel in the crown of motorsport, and our Formula E headquarters are just around the corner as the only Monegasque race team in the world.”
“As special as it is to be racing at home, in the same sentence it’s business as usual. We’ve got to shakedown, so it’s going to be absolutely vital to make sure we have no errors tomorrow and try to put a clean day together. Sometimes that can be out of your control in Formula E, so you have to take the knocks and pick yourself back up quickly.”
Norman Nato, a 28-year-old Frenchman has shown an admirably performance in the six rounds of Season 7 in the NO.71 ROKiT Venturi Racing car as in his debut season in the FIA Formula E World Championship. Despite some undeniable issues in the previous races, Nato sees the pace of himself and the car as well and will go stronger this weekend. Regardless of the disappointment currently 23rd in Drivers’ standings, Nato and the team are learning to encourage and making progress during the first half of the season.
“It’s frustrating because when you across the line and have the feeling that you did the job and at the end, you’re not on the podium – but that’s racing,” says Nato. “I’m a rookie and it’s my first season. In Diriyah I wanted to take time to learn everything and not make mistakes and maybe I was a little bit too conservative. By the time it came to Rome, I’d realized that if you want to fight for position, you have to take a few more risks and maybe accept that you’ll make a mistake.”
“We showed in Rome that we could mix it with the top teams and drivers and that was a confidence boost – it showed that we have a good car. In testing, the base performance was quite interesting and we’ve shown it’s strong and we’ve improving on every management.”
“We’re learning and improving and crossing the line second and ending up fifth, in the end, doesn’t really matter to me – I prefer to show that we have the performance and that we’re improving instead of finishing ninth and scoring a couple of points. We know that a podium is there if we keep working.”
Meanwhile, Edoardo Mortara is 9th in the Drivers’ standings. He is only seven points from the top five position. He has finished second in the first Diriyah race, fourth in Round 4 at Rome, and gained a couple of points in Valencia Round 6. He is aware that the team could compete for the front position this weekend. “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," said Mortara.
Today, Saturday, May 8, is the day to watch another history being made on Monte Carlo Circuit, Monaco in the Monaco E-Prix. Stay tuned and don’t miss a moment of the Monaco E-Prix wherever you are. The event will begin with:
Practice 1: 08:00 a.m. – 08:45 a.m.
Practice 2: 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Qualifying and Super Pole: 12:00 p.m. – 13:00 p.m.
Round 7: Monaco E-Prix (45 mins + 1 lap) 16:00 p.m. – 17:00 p.m.