Venturi is remaining positive ahead of the Marrakesh E-Prix after their heartbreak in Hong Kong, when Edorado Mortara spun out from the lead with three laps remaining.
A regen braking issue whilst challenging for the fastest lap caused the 30-year old to lock the rear tyres and spin the car, allowing Daniel Abt and Felix Rosenqvist through.
Mortara was then promoted to second post-race due to Abt’s disqualification, scoring a podium in his first Formula E weekend.
After a disappointing season three for the Monegasque team, Hong Kong demonstrated that the team have made significant progress in the pre-season and could be contenders in season four.
Mortara is expecting to be challenging at the front again in Marrakesh, but admits that a number of teams will be challenging Venturi at the top end of the grid.
“Hopefully we’ll be among the front-runners again in Marrakesh. Obviously, it will be difficult as there are plenty of drivers capable of achieving good results. I think we should be able to cause an upset,” said Mortara.
Engel in a bullish mood
Mortara’s teammate Maro Engel has been accumulating more miles on the team’s simulator over the winter break, as Marrakesh poses a unique challenge to the engineers.
The drivers spend the longest amount of time on full throttle than at any other Formula E track, meaning energy management will be crucial.
“We’ll be trying to confirm our competitiveness by exploiting the car’s capabilities to the full,” explained Engel. “We could have taken even more points in Hong-Kong. So the aim now is to get as high up the field as we can.”
Venturi currently sit fourth in the team’s championship with 3o points after the first two rounds in Hong Kong; Mortara is currently fourth in the driver’s championship with 24 points, whilst Engel lies eleventh with 6 points.