Swiss Formula E driver, Edoardo Mortara, was involved in a massive shunt during the Diriyah E-Prix third free practice session. Mortara suffered a failure following a practice start at the end of the session which saw him seemingly make no attempt to navigate the first corner. His car seemed to accelerate uncontrollably before heavily hitting the barriers at the end of the escape road.
Written By Hafiz Akbar, Edited By Aiden Hover
ROKIT Venturi Racing has confirmed that Mortara was extracted from the car conscious and has been admitted to the nearest hospital. He has reportedly sustained minor injuries and his team will release more info as the doctor’s assessment is finalised.
With Mortara being unable to compete in qualifying, the Swiss national will be starting way down the pack in 21st, with his teammate Norman Nato in 23rd. This is due to Race Control excluding all cars using the Mercedes-Benz EQ powertrain after Mortara’s shunt was initially thought to be a powertrain failure. With that, both Mercedes drivers, Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne have been unable to compete in qualifying and thus will start in 20th and 22nd respectively. This measure has been put in place as a precaution to allow more time to ensure the failure does not happen to the other Mercedes-powered cars.
We at DIVEBOMB wish Edoardo Mortara a speedy recovery.