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Mercedes and Venturi allowed to compete in Diriyah E-Prix

Edoardo Mortara at Diriyah E-Prix. Credits: Formula E.

After missing the qualifying, both teams will be eligible to compete in the main event of the evening.

The headline story of the day in Formula E has definitely been Edoardo Mortara’s crash after the FP3: his Venturi car went hard straight into the wall. The reason for that is reportedly a brake failure in a Mercedes-powered car. Mercedes team principal Ian James has also told Motorsport.com that it is related to the software issue. Before the qualifying, the FIA has decided not to let Mercedes and Venturi cars on the track due to safety reasons, which has also started the speculations about the possibilities of withdrawal of both teams from Saturday’s race.

Mercedes has made the software update after the incident to prevent its repetition in the future. the FIA has approved these changes and now both Mercedes and Venturi can participate in the race. However, Nyck de Vries, Stoffel Vandoorne, Edoardo Mortara, and Norman Nato have to start the race from the rear of the field after missing the qualifying.

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