Edoardo Mortara made a name for himself as “Mister Macau” when he won the Macau Grand Prix with consecutive victories. Now, he’s determined to leave a mark in the Formula E championship with the ROKiT Venturi Racing team.
Growing up in Geneva, Edoardo Mortara spent a lot of his childhood days at the karting track with his uncles and his father, who used to be a rally driver. It was only inevitable for his passion for racing to grow. In 2006, he made his debut in Formula Renault and swiftly moved to GP2 before progressing into the Formula Three Euroseries. He later became renowned as “Mister Macau” for scoring back-to-back victories at the Macau Grand Prix in 2009 and 2010. He went on to join the German DTM championship before entering the Formula E championship in 2017 with the Venturi Formula E team.
The evolution of Formula E
Since he joined the all-electric championship, it’s evident that he is proud to be a part of the unique series, “Formula E is very special to me because it’s not only motorsport and entertainment, you’re also trying to promote electrical mobility. I believe that it’s the future and what we are doing here is very useful for the automotive industry,” he says.
The Formula E championship has progressed immensely on a technological scale since its first season in 2014. As a driver, Mortara saw the developments first hand, from the technology transition of the Gen 1 cars to the current Gen 2 era, as well as some significant changes to the ROKiT Venturi Racing team.
Some of the developments at the Monegasque-based team, which has been part of the championship since the beginning, include the appointment of Susie Wolff as team principal in season five, a new Mercedes-Benz partnership and the introduction of a highly experienced driver in the form of former Formula One driver Felipe Massa joining Mortara as part of the team’s driver line-up, “Obviously he is a very famous teammate and also a very good driver,” says Mortara. “We get along very well, we work very well together and we have a good relationship, which I think is quite important to bring forward in a team like Venturi.”
As for Mortara’s other competitors down the grid, the Swiss-Italian driver is pleased to see three other Swiss drivers, Sébastian Buemi, Nico Müller and Neel Jani representing Switzerland in season six, a great boost for the country that unfortunately won’t be hosting a race this season.
“We are very well represented in this championship. Back in the day there used to be only one other driver with Sebastian (Buemi), now there’s four of us and it’s great for Switzerland and I hope all four of us will be able to be competitive,” he says. “I get along with the three of them very well and happy that they are racing in this championship. I think it’s a privilege and an honour to be part of this movement,” he says.
Quality over quantity
Despite the many racing accolades to his name, Mortara shows no signs of slowing down his racing career, although after combining several racing programs in his schedule over the years, he admits to mainly giving his focus to the all-electric championship nowadays. “Now I’m pretty much doing just Formula E and sometimes a few GT races, I find it’s a lot easier. It’s also giving me more time with the family and health wise, I think it’s also better for me. I guess it’s more quality and less quantity.”
But the adrenaline doesn’t stop when he’s away from the track, whether it be sports or tending to his side businesses, he’s always keeping active, “I’m quite a sporty guy, I’ve been practicing lots of sports since I was young. Right now, I’m into mountain biking and living near the mountains makes it very easy. I also play racquet sports and other than that I’m working quite a lot at home so that’s very important.”
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