Edoardo Mortara, Venturi, Diriyah E-Prix, Race 2, Saudi Arabia, 2022

Mortara passes team mate Di Grassi to take second Diriyah E-Prix win

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Edoardo Mortara took victory in the second Diriyah E-Prix after overtaking Venturi team mate Lucas di Grassi with the use of attack mode.

The race ended under Safety Car after a late spin for Alexander Sims left his Mahindra in the wall and needing to be recovered. Robin Frijns finished second for Envision behind Mortara, while Di Grassi finished third to make it a double podium for Venturi.

At the start, De Vries leapt out in front as Mortara and Frijns fell into order behind. Lucas di Grassi and Andre Lotterer held onto fourth and fifth, respectively, while Alexander Sims ran off at the first corner and dropped down the field.

Frijns was the first of the three leaders to take attack mode first, followed by De Vries and Mortara ahead, with each of the front runners keeping their position. Di Grassi had room in fourth to take his second attack mode and keep his position and did so, jumping Frijns and Mortara when the two drivers eventually took their second attack mode of the race.

With De Vries choosing not to take his second attack mode, Di Grassi eventually caught the leading Mercedes and got a good run along the start straight. The Venturi driver pulled alongside and tried to drive around De Vries into turn 18, but De Vries ran wide and pushed Di Grassi out, who then kept to the inside to robustly battle past the Mercedes and into the lead of the race. The stewards announced they were investing the incident, before later deciding to take no further action.

Once Di Grassi’s attack mode had expired, Venturi team mate Edoardo Mortara had his attack mode still active and began catching Di Grassi ahead. Mortara was able to get a run on his team mate and made a clean pass into turn 18 to take the lead.

De Vries dropped back to fourth when he eventually took his second attack mode, but once it had expired, he then found himself under pressure from the Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne, who then attacked the Mercedes into turn 18. As the pair went side-by-side into turn 19, they made contact and De Vries came off worse, losing momentum and dropping down to tenth place.

Frijns passed Di Grassi for second place, but then with just under ten minutes remaining, Alexander Sims lost control of his Mahindra at turn six and hit the wall. While his car sat stricken on the side of the circuit, the Safety Car was deployed to allow the Mahindra to be recovered.

As the field snaked behind the Safety Car, the drivers had to come to a sudden stop when they arrived behind a crane making its way through the narrow, twisty first sector, before eventually continuing moments later.

Do to the late deployment of the Safety Car, race control announced there would be no time extension at the end of the race as cars continued to drive past the crane recovering Sims’s car. The field crossed the line after the race clock had expired to begin the final lap, still behind the Safety Car. Race control then announced the Safety Car would come in at the end of the lap, meaning that the final two corners of the race would be completed at green flag speeds.

Mortara duly rounded the final corner to take the chequered flag, with Frijns finishing second and Di Grassi completing a double podium for Venturi in third. Andre Lotterer finished fourth, ahead of Jake Dennis and Vergne in sixth.

Stoffel Vandoorne finished seventh, ahead of Oliver Rowland and Pascal Wehrlein. Polesitter and race one winner, De Vries, claimed the final point in tenth. Oliver Askew put in the best rookie performance again in 12th, while Dan Ticktum and Antonio Giovinazzi finished as the last drivers running in 20th and 21st, respectively.

Provisional race results

Position Driver Team
1 Edoardo Mortara Venturi
2 Robin Frijns Envision
3 Lucas di Grassi Venturi
4 Andre Lotterer Porsche
5 Jake Dennis Andretti
6 Jean-Eric Vergne Techeetah
7 Stoffel Vandoorne Mercedes
8 Oliver Rowland Mahindra
9 Pascal Wehrlein Porsche
10 Nyck de Vries Mercedes
11 Mitch Evans Jaguar
12 Oliver Askew Andretti
13 Antonio Felix da Costa Techeetah
14 Sebastien Buemi Nissan Edams
15 Max Guenther Nissan Edams
16 Sam Bird Jaguar
17 Nick Cassidy Envision
18 Sergio Sette Camara Dragon Penske
19 Oliver Turvey Nio
20 Dan Ticktum Nio
21 Antonio Giovinazzi Dragon Penske
22 Alexander Sims Mahindra

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6 comments on “Mortara passes team mate Di Grassi to take second Diriyah E-Prix win”

  1. It was the first FE race that I watched for a long time. I remember racing being more like touring car style than open wheel. The race was like they wanted to make contact but they couldn’t do it properly because FE cars aren’t touring cars. It was still fun to watch

    1. Agreed, channel 4 move done the trick for me. Close race and the activation boost thing actually added some interesting tactics which when I’ve watched before was a bit pants but worked well today. Until the safety car which seemed more dangerous to get a crane to get the car out the way than actually just leaving it on track.

  2. I thought they would stand up against the bumper car driving with (harsher) penalties. Yesterday they did, but today everything was allowed again. So nothing changes.

    Mortara and Di Grassi, for example, should have been penalized for their on track conduct today, imho. Just like Frijns and Rowland were yesterday.

    1. It’s always a matter of perspective. Di Grassi (like Max many times) tried to overtake De Vries (who like Lewis many times) braked late (barely making the corner) leaving no space in the outside for Di Grassi, then Di Grassi found himself out of the track, when he tried to get back De Vries left him no space in the inside, from that point it was hit De Vries or hit the wall.

  3. Shame it ended early. I felt that Frijns was gonna pounce for the win. Entertaining race rho.

  4. playstation361
    1st February 2022, 14:19

    Nice drive under the light.

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