Jerome d’Ambrosio has announced he is retiring from his competitive racing career to make the switch to team management as Venturi’s Deputy Team Principal.
The Belgian had been racing in Formula E since the beginning, back in 2014. He spent four seasons at Dragon Racing, where he was able to collect two wins and five podiums. In Season 1, d’Ambrosio finished fourth in the championship, with a total of 113 points, and playing a major role in Dragon’s second-place finish in the Teams’ Championship.
Ahead of Season 5, he made the switch to Mahindra Racing, where he scored his third career win in the fully-electric championship at the Marrakesh E-Prix. Although he was able to score a podium finish and enter the Top 10 on multiple occasions, he ended up the season eleventh overall.
In his second season at the Indian team, he could not match previous results, finishing in sixteenth position in the championship with 19 points.
Now, the Belgian makes a new step into his Formula E career, not in front of the wheel but in front of a team, as he has been appointed Deputy Team Principal at Venturi. His main task in the Monegasque team will be reporting and working alongside Team Principal Susie Wolff in the development and management of the outfit ahead of the new Formula E season.
“My experience as a driver over the past 26 years has undeniably shaped me as a person and, when I decided after Berlin to hang up my helmet, I knew I wanted to stay involved in motorsport in some capacity”, commented d’Ambrosio. “That hunger to win doesn’t leave you when you decide to step out of the car, and I want to put that passion to good use.
“When Susie and I started talking about potentially taking my first step into a management role, I knew in my gut that the opportunity was perfect for me. It’s time for a new challenge and I have a lot to learn, but I know that I’ll be learning from one of the best and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead”, he added.
“When I took on the role of Team Principal in July 2018, one of my main areas of focus was to ensure that we have the right people in the right roles. Understandably, as we evolve as a team, our needs change and grow”, explained Susie Wolff about her team management goals.
“Jerome taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal will serve to strengthen the team – he will play a pivotal role with our drivers and engineering team and act as my right hand in Monaco. I know what it’s like to hang up your helmet and I also know how important the next move is at any pivotal stage of a person’s career. Like Jerome, I’m someone who follows their gut instincts and I think that we’ll make a fantastic team moving forward”, she added.
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