Venturi had a tough day in Riyadh with both cars finishing outside the points after showing strong pace throughout the day.
Felipe Massa climbed his way into eighth before serving a drive-through penalty for exceeding the permitted power regeneration, which dropped him out the points. He ended up finishing 14th but got a second post-race penalty for using the FanBoost too soon, dropping him to 17th.
Despite this, the veteran Brazilian was content with his first showing in Formula E.
“I felt very good for my first ever Formula E race. I’m happy with the strategy we adopted and pleased to have taken my overtaking opportunities. I used Attack Mode at the right times, had good pace and managed my energy well until the penalty. Overall, I really enjoyed driving the car and think I’ve shown my potential in Formula E.”
Edoardo Mortara had a very challenging day, suffering from recurring braking issues, firstly in practice, and then on the opening lap of the race. Both times he ended in the wall at turn one, however, in the race he was able to limp back to the pits and attach a new front wing and continue.
“Bad luck followed me around all day. I did the best I could with the brake issues. We’ll work hard over the next few weeks to resolve our challenges from today.”
However, the Swiss/Italian racer took positives and looked to a promising 2019.
“One big positive is our speed in cornering. Today I could see that I was a lot quicker than the cars around me. Once we’ve sorted out our difficulties, I think we’ll be capable of challenging at the top of the table.”
Susie Wolff also saw the positives and potential after her first race as Venturi team principal.
“It’s fair to say that it’s been a challenging day, especially with the unpredictable weather. We’re at the beginning of a long journey, the team is working well together, and we’re learning as we go.