The Venturi Formula E Team has suspected that brake failure could be the cause of Edoardo Mortara’s crash at the end of Free Practice 3 in Diriyah.
Mortara did a practice start, but the Swiss-Italian driver went straight on at Turn 18 and slammed into the Tecpro barriers without slowing down. Therefore the teams feel that the cause of the accident has to be due to the brakes.
The Venturi driver is believed to be conscious but has been taken to hospital to evaluate his injuries. It has not been determined if Mortara will be fit to race later today.
The true cause to why the brakes failed has not been identified which has caused the the FIA to stop Mercedes and Venturi from competing in qualifying because they both use the same Mercedes powertrain.
A Venturi statement read: “Mortara was immediately extracted from the car and taken to hospital for precautionary assessments in-line with FIA safety regulations. Edo was conscious and talking throughout.
“Initial evaluations suggest that the accident was a result of brake failure. The team will continue to investigate this thoroughly ahead of Qualifying and race sessions.
“Further updates will be issued in due course. In the meantime, the team would like to thank the marshals and medical staff at the circuit for the speed, care and professionalism of their response to the incident.”