The VENTURI Formula E Team heads to the tenth round of the 2018–2019 Formula E Championship in Berlin (Germany) this Saturday, 25 May. Bolstered by Felipe Massa’s third-place finish at the Monaco E-Prix, the Monegasque team is approaching this weekend’s event with determination and confidence.
AN UNUSUAL TRACK
The ten-turn, 2.375-km track promises to make an interesting race, and in more ways than one. The vast and unique track located at the former Tempelhof Airport opened up the opportunity for a degree of creativity in designing the track layout.
“My third-place finish in Monaco two weeks ago definitely provided a massive boost. I feel well prepared and I’m happy with the way our most recent simulator sessions have gone. In Berlin, unlike other races, we’ll be taking part in the practice sessions on Friday, and the qualifying sessions and the race will be held on Saturday. In terms of strategy, this opens up some interesting opportunities that we are currently working on. Our aim is to continue to make good progress and chalk up another strong result.”
Felipe MASSA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
The Tempelhof track is distinguished, among other things, by its fast corners offering fluidity and speed, two elements which increase the vehicle’s energy consumption and will therefore require a pinpoint energy conservation strategy.
As for the surface, the abrasive nature of the concrete will have an influence on tyre wear in dry weather. If rain decides to join the party, as with previous form in Season 5, it would be a disruptive factor and likely to produce an entertaining show for the fans.
“The last race wasn’t a good one for me, there’s no getting around it, but it’s time to move on. I’m focusing on what I know: the car is fast, it’s energy-efficient and if we’re able to correctly manage the multiple parameters involved, we’ll earn our place at the top of the standings; Felipe and I have proved that in recent months. Now, more than ever before, we’re working hard on the many details that determine success in a Formula E race.”
Edoardo MORTARA, VENTURI Formula E Team driver
THE CHAMPIONSHIP CLIMB
Currently lying seventh in the overall Championship standings, the aim this weekend is to capitalise on the strong performance from the Monaco E-Prix on 11 May, where Felipe MASSA secured his first podium finish, coming in third and demonstrating the team’s form with a fourth podium for the team.
“The podium finish at our home race was a very welcome result for Felipe and the whole team rightfully paused for a moment to enjoy it. But with just four races remaining in the season, we know we have to stay focussed and continue to make progress if we want to improve on our Championship standings. We’re as prepared as we can be ahead of Berlin but if there’s one thing that Season 5 has clearly demonstrated it’s that on race day, anything can happen.”
Susie WOLFF, VENTURI Formula E Team Principal
The practice sessions will take place on Friday 24 May at 3.30 pm and 6 pm. On Saturday 25 May, the qualifying sessions are scheduled for 8.45 am and the race for 1 pm. To follow all the action across the two days, check out the VENTURI Formula E Team Twitter account @VenturiFE.