Mortara was in contention for victory at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but dropped to fifth place at the end of the race after the majority of the field was forced into fuel-saving mode by the leading Porsche duo of Pascal Wehrlein and André Lotterer.
However, the Swiss driver managed to extend his points lead over defending champion Nyck de Vries after finishing just under a second on the road, and has 43 points to de Vries’ 38.
When asked if the length between rounds could hurt momentum, Mortara likened the gap between events to the winter break, but added that keeping the championship lead was not of importance. particular at this early stage – and said his and Venturi’s team’s focus is on staying competitive and being consistently strong.
“It was almost like off season, or that’s how I felt, because Mexico was almost two months ago,” Mortara said.
“It hasn’t really been the best two months; I was sick, right after Mexico. But otherwise, I’m happy to be back in Rome racing and doing what I love.
“Hopefully we can be as competitive as the first race weekends. It’s always nicer to be in the lead.
“That we can keep the championship lead, I don’t think is very important at the moment.
“I think it’s more important to be competitive, then to keep scoring good points. And then we’ll see where we are at the end of the championship.”
Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02
Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images
In Mexico, Mortara was on the verge of securing a first pole position in Formula E, but lost grip on the final corner and produced a spectacular slide out of the Peraltada.
After recalling his previous drifting antics in Rome in 2018, in which he raced through several corners in his sideways damaged Venturi car, Mortara joked that he had a particularly good record in Formula E.
“I feel like I’ve been pretty good at it, you know, the last few years, especially in my short Formula E career!” he said.
“[There was] Rome in season four, Riyadh in season five. Season six, I don’t think so, but season seven, season eight, definitely. So another one next year? Perhaps.”