Edoardo Mortara has become the latest driver to confirm his entry to Formula E ahead of its fourth season, signing with Venturi alongside Mercedes DTM teammate Maro Engel.
Mortara has a strong pedigree in single-seaters, winning the Macau Formula 3 race in 2009 and 2010 before making the move into touring cars the following year.
Mortara finished second with Audi in the DTM last year before switching to Mercedes for 2017, and moves into Formula E ahead of the Silver Arrows’ own planned entry for season six, starting in 2019.
Venturi confirmed on Friday it had retained Engel for season four after a solid debut campaign, with Mortara taking the seat shared by Tom Dillmann and Stephane Sarrazin through season three.
Mortara is the fourth rookie driver to sign up for Formula E’s new season, following the lead of Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Luca Filippi.
The fourth Formula E season starts in Hong Kong on December 2.
Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.
Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.
Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.
Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.
Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.
Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.
Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.
Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.