Formula E: Mercedes-EQ and Venturi Racing cleared to race at Diriyah E-Prix
After a heavy crash in Free Practice 3 saw Edoardo Mortara taken to hospital for precautionary checks, Mercedes-EQ have confirmed via Twitter that the FIA have cleared them and Rokit Venturi Racing to race.
A software failure during a practice start, made in Free Practice 3, saw Edoardo Mortara endure a heavy collision with the wall. He was taken to hospital for precautionary assessments.
Shortly after, the FIA launched an investigation into the cause of the crash. As a result, all four Rokit Venturi Racing and Mercedes-EQ cars were confined to the garage and unable to take part in qualifying for the second race of the season at the Diriyah E-Prix.
It has now been confirmed, via the Mercedes-EQ Twitter page, that a software malfunction, normally used to activate the rear brakes if the front brakes fail, has been fixed.
Having “demonstrated to the FIA’s satisfaction that the matter has been resolved”, both teams have been permitted to take part in the second race of the season.
After Nyck de Vries took a storming victory in the first race of the season, Mercedes-EQ will be hoping to make a significant recovery from the back of the grid.
As we all know, Formula E races are often unpredictable so stay tuned to see what happens in the Diriyah E-Prix.
Feature Image Credit: Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team twitter