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Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara
Driver Details
Nationality Switzerland Swiss/Italian
Date of Birth 12 January 1987
Date of Death Unknown
Début 2017 Hong Kong ePrix I
Championships Unknown
Wins 0
First Win Unknown
Former Teams Unknown
Formula E Career
Total Entries 9 (9 Starts)
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 0
FanBoosts 0
Current Season
Team Monaco Venturi Formula E Team
Number Standings Points
4 13th 29
Edoardo Mortara, born 12 January 1987, is an Swiss-Italian racing driver, whom made his electric racing debut during the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship for the Venturi Formula E Team.[1] A veteran of the DTM and various junior formulae, Mortara's debut season is expected to be part of the assessments being conducted by Mercedes prior to their entry into Formula E in 2019/20.[1]

Known as "Mr Macau" for his exploits at the famed Macau Grand Prix, Mortara will compete under a Swiss e-Licence, having previously competed under an Italian licence.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Mortara began his career in karting, before stepping up into the Formula Renault Championship in his native Italy in 2006.[2] It proved to be an excellent debut season for the Italian, with Mortara ending the year as the best placed rookie, and a spot in the Formula Three Euro Series.[2] It was another strong debut season for Mortara, with the Italian once again ending as the best rookie having claimed two wins.[2]

Slipping the LadderEdit

Mortara continued on in the Euro Series in 2008, dominating the early season races, only to fall shy of the title after a poor second half of the season.[2] Regardless, second in the Euroseries earned Mortara a spot in the Macau Grand Prix at the end of the year, with the Italian finishing a stunning second on his Macau debut.[2] His efforts also earned him a seat in the GP2 Series, as well as a run in the GP2 Asia Series that winter.[2]

Mortara would perform well at the start of his maiden GP2 Series season, fending off several future Formula One drivers to claim victory in only his second race.[2] However, the Italian would have a relatively poor season after that, ultimately losing his seat in the Series that put him back down to the Euro Series for 2010.[2] Despite his misfortune, Mortara would end the 2009 season with victory in Macau, a sure sign of things to come from the Italian in 2010.[2]

DTM DestinyEdit

2010 proved to be the year of Mortara in Formula Three across the board, the Italian sweeping to the Euroseries title with seven wins, before going on to win in Macau for a second successive season.[2] Those wins earned Mortara a spot in the DTM with Audi, albeit in a privately entered car.[2] His debut DTM season in 2011 would go relatively well, with Mortara ending the season in the top ten overall come seasons end.[2]

With a year's experience, Mortara showed what he could do in the DTM in 2012, taking two wins en-route to fifth in the Championship standings come seasons end.[2] A dire 2013 campaign followed, Mortara only claiming three points all season, although the Italian returned to Macau to win the GT Cup race at the end of the season.[2] His efforts with Audi in the GT Cup at Macau earned the Italian a full factory contract, with Mortara duly moved into one of the "works" DTM cars for 2014.[2]

Fifth place would be the reward for Mortara at the end of the 2014 season, with the Italian having to wait until the 2015 season to taste victory in the DTM again.[2] 2016 proved far more to Mortara's liking, the Italian claiming five wins to become a genuine title threat, although he would ultimately fall shy at the season finale after contact with several Audi teammates.[2] Friction between Mortara and Audi would ultimately strain their relationship to breaking point at the end of the year, with the Italian leaving the Ingolstadt squad to join arch-rivals Mercedes.[2]

An AMG AssociationEdit

A full Mercedes factory contract for Mortara in 2017 allowed the Italian to expand his horizions, with Mortara competing in the DTM, Blancpain GT Series and select rounds in the ADAC GT Masters.[2] Although his debut season for Mercedes in DTM would not go to plan, Mortara's exploits elsewhere, as well as his single-seater history, put Mortara at the top of Mercedes' driver list once they revealed their intention to join Formula E.[3]

Formula E HistoryEdit

Mortara's first taste of Formula E came at the 2017 Valencia Test, with the Italian testing for the Venturi Formula E Team alongside James Rossiter, Michael Benyahia and fellow Mercedes and DTM racer Maro Engel.[4] Ultimately, Venturi's entire test was ruined by gearbox troubles, restricting all four drivers in the amount of mileage they could cover, although both Engel and Mortara stood out from the others.[1] Those two were duly announced as Venturi's drivers a few weeks after the test, prompting several rumours that Mercedes would take over the Venturi effort when they joined Formula E in 2019/20.[1]

Mortara's debut in Hong Kong would be among the more successful in FE history, with the Swiss racer fighting to finish seventh in the first race.[5] He then smashed all expectations in qualifying for the second E-Prix of the weekend, starting from second before leading the majority of the race.[6] Indeed, Mortara's only error during his maiden FE weekend would be to pursue the fastest lap, which saw the Swiss racer throw away his maiden victory with a spin, before ultimately recovering to second.[6]

Two non-scores for Mortara followed in Marrakech and Santiago, before the Swiss racer battled to eighth in Mexico City.[7] Indeed, it seemed that Mortara was having an erratic debut season, with the Swiss racer failing to score in Punta del Este, before scoring in one of his two "home" races in Rome.[8] Another non-score followed in Paris, before Mortara skipped the Berlin E-Prix to race in the DTM.[9]

Unfortunately for Mortara his return race in Zürich, which was also his second "home" round, would not go well, with the Swiss racer retiring early on with suspension damage.[10] That prompted Mortara to skip the season finale in New York City to race in the DTM once again, with Tom Dillmann scoring a fourth place with Mortara's car in the first race.[11] Indeed, Mortara's decision not to race also cost him in the Championship, with his teammate Engel sneaking ahead to leave the Swiss racer in thirteenth.[11]

Mercedes MachinationsEdit

Mortara would be one of six Mercedes affiliated drivers to be considered for one of three available seats at Venturi or the new HWA team for the 2018/19 season, with Mortara the favourite to partner Felipe Massa at the former.[12]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Edoardo Mortara's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Edoardo Mortara during their FE career:

Edoardo Mortara's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2017/18 Monaco Venturi Formula E Team 4 Venturi VM200-FE-03 13th 29

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Edoardo Mortara's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2017/18 Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Uruguay Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 13th 29
7th 2nd 17th 13th 8th 17th 10th 13th Ret

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 'Mortara and Engel confirmed at Venturi', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/october/mortara-and-engel-confirmed-at-venturi/, (Accessed 20/10/2017)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 'Edoardo Mortara', wikpedia.org, (WikiMedia, 09/10/2017), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edoardo_Mortara, (Accessed 24/10/2017)
  3. 'Mercedes-Benz to enter Formula E in Season 6', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/mercedes-benz-to-enter-formula-e-in-season-6/, (Accessed 25/07/2017)
  4. 'New faces to make Formula E debut in Valencia', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 01/10/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/september/new-faces-to-make-formula-e-debut-in-valencia/, (Accessed 01/10/2017)
  5. 'Bird clinches victory in Hong Kong', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/12/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/december/bird-clinches-victory-in-hong-kong/, (Accessed 16/12/2017)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Scott Mitchell, 'Abt stripped of maiden Formula E win', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 03/12/2017), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/abt-stripped-maiden-fe-win-hong-kong-985435/, (Accessed 03/12/2017)
  7. 'Abt finally clinches first victory in Mexico City', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/03/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/march/abt-finally-clinches-first-victory-in-mexico-city/, (Accessed 04/03/2018)
  8. 'Bird claims historic victory in Rome', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/04/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/bird-claims-historic-victory-in-rome/, (Accessed 14/04/2018)
  9. 'Abt leads Audi one-two win at home race in Berlin', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 19/05/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/may/abt-leads-audi-one-two-win-at-home-race-in-berlin/, (Accessed 19/05/2018)
  10. 'Di Grassi clinches first season victory in historic Swiss race', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 10/06/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/june/di-grassi-clinches-first-season-victory-in-historic-swiss-race/, (Accessed 11/06/2018)
  11. 11.0 11.1 'Di Grassi victorious as Vergne clinches championship crown', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/07/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/july/di-grassi-victorious-as-vergne-clinches-championship-crown/, (Accessed 15/07/2018)
  12. Sam Smith, 'Mortara, Paffett Favorites for Final Seat at Venturi', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 24/07/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/mortara-paffett-favorites-to-partner-massa-at-venturi/, (Accessed 25/07/2018)
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