has extended his stay with team and will partner Formula E newcomer Felipe Massa for the 2018/19 season which kicks off this December in Riyadh.

Swiss-Italian Mortara made his Formula E debut last season, scoring a podium finish in only his second race before going on to complete the campaign just two points behind more experienced teammate Maro Engel despite missing three rounds due to pre-existing DTM commitments.

“I’m very happy to represent Venturi Formula E Team again in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship,” said Mortara.

“As part of the team last season, I felt a strong will to succeed, and I enjoyed the innate potential within Venturi. Moreover, on a personal level, I received phenomenal support from the team, you can’t underestimate the importance of this for a driver, alongside huge support and goodwill from our fans which I’m very grateful for.

Mortara added, “I’m also very proud to compete alongside Felipe Massa, one of the most experienced and fastest drivers in the world.”

Recently appointed team principal, Susie Wolff, hinted that Mortara had received interest from elsewhere on the Formula E grid before re-signing with Venturi.

“The decision to extend our journey with Edoardo came after careful consideration,” said Wolff. “We are convinced that he and Felipe MASSA will form a solid pairing at the wheel of these new Gen2 cars.

“We know Edoardo had other options, so we are pleased that he has committed to VENTURI and to focussing on Formula E. His experience will be a valuable asset to our team as we move forward.”

The confirmation of Mortara’s extension brings an end to speculation that he would join the new Mercedes-affiliated HWA team, with outgoing Venturi driver Engel now expected to make that move.

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