The Swiss-Italian entered the season finale second within the drivers’ desk with a three-point deficit to Nyck de Vries, however Mortara and Evans had been eradicated in a significant early crash.
Evans suffered a suspected driveshaft failure and lurched ahead off the road however then sat susceptible, with vehicles parting round him to depart Mortara unsighted on the method.
Mortara ran over the rear of Evans’ automotive, pitching the Jaguar into the air and a spin.
After each had been extricated from the wreckages, Mortara was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, which revealed that he suffered a microfracture to his fourth vertebra.
Although this doesn’t require surgical procedure, he informed Autosport it’s going to maintain him out of motion for six weeks.
Mortara informed Autosport: “I’m not nice. I’ve received a damaged vertebra.
“It was a fairly large impression. I’m clearly sore. It’s not a significant, main harm.
“It’s going to take me just about like six weeks [to recover].
“I’m going to take my time anyway as a result of that was the final race. That’s my plan.
“I’m very grateful that I don’t need an operation or have a more serious injury.”
Edoardo Mortara, Venturi Racing, 2nd place, within the Press Conference
Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images
Some have raised issues in regards to the automotive exit process given Mortara’s harm, as he was allowed to stroll again by means of the pitlane versus be taken on a stretcher to restrict the chance of additional harm.
Images of the two-car wreckage present that the crash construction on the rear of Evans’ automotive carried out to straightforward, though Mortara’s automotive was penetrated under the pedal adjuster.
Mortara added that the emotional harm had damage greater than any bodily harm.
He informed Autosport: “I most likely want a while to digest it.
“The harm is definitely not the worst factor. You really feel dissatisfied.”
Mortara additionally stated he didn’t have time to brace for the impression.
Recalling the shunt, he defined: “From what I can bear in mind, I took an excellent begin after which Jake [Dennis] was in entrance of me and I believe that he moved on the final minute, most likely as a result of he additionally noticed it on the final minute.
“Imagine that when these items occur, the fellows which can be simply behind Mitch, they’ve the time to react.
“The guys are shifting, all the time later and later and later and the pace goes increasingly more and extra.
“At some point, if the guy in front of you moves really late, it’s not his fault, but you don’t see anything.”
Mortara nonetheless completed runner-up within the drivers’ standings whereas team-mate Norman Nato scored a maiden victory to return seventh place for Venturi Racing within the groups’ desk.