Venturi Racing have announced that they will use Mercedes-Benz EQ powertrains for the new ABB FIA Formula E campaign while retaining Season 5 drivers Edoardo Mortara and Felipe Massa, as well as making a name change.
This will be the first time that Venturi, previously known as Venturi Formula E Team, will receive manufacturer support, having previously used their own technology and supplied HWA Racelab in 2018/19 - the entry taken over by Mercedes.
As well as the powertrain, Mercedes will supply the cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms.
Venturi had a series of reliability issues in 2018/19 which impacted on their and HWA's season.
Mortara claimed Venturi's first Formula E win in Hong Kong in Season 5, the same location he secured his first FE podium a season earlier.
“We are proud to welcome Mercedes-Benz to the Venturi family as our powertrain partner for Season 6," said Gildo Pastor, President, Venturi Automobiles.
"Pairing our experience in high-performing electric vehicles with the racing pedigree of Mercedes is a significant step towards strengthening our position in a racing formula that is becoming ever more competitive. We’re all excited about this new era for the team and I’m confident this will be the start of a great journey with our new colleagues in Stuttgart and Brixworth."
“We are delighted to welcome Venturi Racing to the Mercedes family ahead of our first Formula E season," said Ian James, Team Principal of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team.
"At Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, we have accumulated a huge amount of knowledge in the field of high-performance electrified power units over the past few years, which will not only benefit our new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team but also Venturi Racing. Running four cars on track in our debut season will accelerate our progress towards the ultimate goal of fighting for race wins.”
Massa and Mortara retained
Both Massa and Mortara have been retained by Venturi after their race-winning season in 2018/19.
Mortara finished the season with one win and finished in 14th place ahead of team-mate Massa, who had a solid debut season as he made the switch from F1 to FE.
“Another great source of pride for the team lies in our driver lineup which remains unchanged for the coming season," said Pastor. "We look forward to building upon the skill, experience and speed of Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara – two incredibly talented and determined drivers. I can’t wait to see those five red lights go out in Diriyah this coming November, signalling the start of what I’m sure will be a successful collaboration between Venturi and Mercedes-Benz.”
Susie Wolff, Venturi Racing Team Principal said: “This development marks a significant step forward for the team and, with my longstanding relationship with Mercedes-Benz, I feel very confident that we will enjoy a strong working partnership with our new powertrain suppliers. We made good progress in Season 5 but our plans for Season 6 are even more ambitious and we are doing everything within our power to make sure that we are as competitive as possible before we head to Saudi Arabia for the season opener.”
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