Mercedes not allowed in qualifying after Mortara's crash

Mercedes and Venturi Racing have not been allowed to take part in Formula E qualifying for the Diriyah E-Prix while the FIA investigates Edoardo Mortara’s practice crash.

Mercedes not allowed in qualifying after Mortara's crash

Mortara set the sixth-quickest time in free practice three ahead of the second night race on the Riyadh Street Circuit but suffered a heavy crash after the 45-minute session had finished. 

He completed his practice start alongside Mercedes’ race one winner Nyck de Vries on the grid before, what appeared to be, a car failure left the Swiss racer unable to slow for Turn 18. 

His car carried straight on at high speed and buried itself in the TecPro barrier. 

Mortara was taken by ambulance, escorted by both Venturi and Mercedes personnel, to a local hospital for a precautionary assessment.  

Both Venturi Racing team staff and a spokesperson for the FIA confirmed to Motorsport.com that Mortara was conscious, talking and could move his fingers and toes. 

With the Venturi Racing team a powertrain customer of Mercedes, the FIA have stopped both teams from taking part in qualifying until the nature of the failure has been resolved.  

The incident appeared similar in nature to the free practice crash that required former Audi driver Daniel Abt to be airlifted to hospital in Mexico City. 

That shunt was attributed to an error occurring after Abt deployed fanboost, which meant his rear axle did not slow the car on the approach to Turn 9 and he registered a 20-G impact. 

Abt posted on social media: “Really hope Edo is fine. Looked just like my crash in Mexico.  

“FIA has to make sure Formula E cars can’t accelerate by themselves. Super dangerous.” 

 

Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff has said it is Mortara’s choice whether to contest the race or not. 

“That’s Edo’s car and if  Edo’s fit to drive he will be taking part in the race. It will be his decision.” 

Although FIA Formula 3 race winner Jake Hughes was recently signed by the team as a reserve driver, he did not take part in a practice session and so is ineligible to take the seat. 

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