ROKiT Venturi Racing driver Felipe Massa has said that he suffered with brake issues throughout the entire Formula E weekend in Marrakesh.
Massa has had a tricky start to his 2019-202 Formula E campaign, and has had just one points finish in the opening five races, thanks to a ninth placed finish at the Santiago E-Prix.
Although the layout of the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh has not favoured the Venturi team in the past, the Monegasque team were hopeful of a decent result for both drivers this time round.
And whilst that worked out for Masa’s team-mate Edoardo Mortara, who finished fifth, the Brazilian once again failed to make the top ten, crossing the line down in 17th after suffering with a brake issue.
“Issues under braking really harmed my weekend.” commented Massa.
“I had front locking throughout which meant that I was not able to stop the car in the right way.
“From here, I couldn’t take the optimum line through corners and sometimes I did not make the corner.
“We need to analyse the car because it felt very different here compared to other races this season.
“If we can understand the issue, I’m confident that we can score good points in the coming races.”
In stark contrast to Massa’s season, Mortara got his fourth points finish of the season in Marrakesh, and Venturi Racing Team Principal, Susie Wolff was pleased that he could add to his points tally, despite at times it looking unlikely he would be able to hold on for a top ten finish.
“Today we saw Edo [Mortara] deliver a strong performance.” commented Wolff.
“There were times during the race that we struggled but Formula E is all about scoring points and to finish P5 after starting there is a good result.
“Felipe experienced braking issues over the course of the weekend which impacted his performance and there are still some things that we have to analyse.”