For Season 9 he joins the newly-christened Maserati family, for the marque’s motorsport return after a top-tier absence of more than six decades. It’s a lot of weight on any driver’s shoulders, but Mortara’s shown he can handle the Formula E pressure cooker.
Born in Geneva in 1987, the Swiss driver first stepped up to Formula driving in 2006, starting out in Formula Renault, before graduating to the Formula Three Euroseries. As a former champion in the series, Mortara was one of two drivers to win the prestigious Macau Grand Prix twice, having achieved back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010.
Moving to the German DTM Championship in 2011, Mortara competed in the series until his debut with Venturi Formula E team ahead of the 2017/18 season. After a promising start to the season when he finished second in Hong Kong in only his second Formula E race, the Swiss driver fell back, finishing the season in 13th place.
Staying on for a second season with the Monegasque team, Mortara was partnered with seasoned race driver Felipe Massa and new Team Principal Susie Wolff in the 2018/19 season. Together, the pair rounded off the season in 14th (Mortara) and 15th (Massa), with the team ranking eighth overall.
In his third season in the series, Mortara once again lined up for alongside Massa. With Venturi now powered by Mercedes-Benz EQ, Mortara took the challenge to the factory outfits in 2019/20. The Swiss driver had some consistent top-ten finishes last season, scoring points in seven of the 11 rounds.
Mortara finished second in the Drivers' standings in his fourth campaign with Venturi, narrowly missing out at the last in dramatic fashion in the finale at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport Circuit.
A victory in Puebla came alongside podiums in Diriyah and Berlin, with the Swiss-Italian winding up just seven points shy of eventual World Champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) - there was that pass in Diriyah, too.
Mortara remained with ROKiT Venturi Racing alongside new teammate Lucas di Grassi for Gen2’s swansong Season 8. The Swiss-French-Italian was looking to go one better to round out Gen2 but despite four race wins, he narrowly succumbed to Mercedes-EQ factory driver Stoffel Vandoorne. Mortara proved himself once again, however, to be one of the quickest guys out there on any given race day and will be back for more in Season 9.