MESTRE, Italy — The exceptional flooding that hit the city of Venice over the past week didn’t slow the engines.
The Geox Dragon Formula E racing team gathered here on Friday to unveil the Penske EV-4 racing car and kit for the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E championship, which kicks off Nov. 22 and 23 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
The event marked an opportunity for Geox Dragon to host a panel on smart and electric mobility and its sustainable impact. The event was attended by, among others, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson; Jamie Reigle, chief executive officer of Formula E, and British model and former race car driver Jodie Kidd.
Before the panel started, Mario Moretti Polegato, president and founder of footwear and outerwear label Geox, explained that the team’s decision to host the event despite the unfavorable weather conditions was seen as “a contribution to the city of Venice, which is not a folkloristic one, rather it is a proof that the city can keep going.”
“This is the most respectful thing we could do for the city: To host this debate about sustainability, about smart mobility at this very difficult time,” echoed Matteo Mascazzini, ceo of Geox. He