Lucas di Grassi has been confirmed as a Venturi driver for next season with the Brazilian linking up with Edoardo Mortara ahead of Formula E’s eighth season.
This will be di Grassi’s first team switch in his extensive Formula E career. As Audi left the fully-electric championship at the end of last season, the Brazilian has moved to the Monegasque outfit to continue racing in a series he has taken part in every single race.
Venturi have also confirmed Mortara in their line-up. The Swiss has been racing for the team since Season 4 and gave the squad their first victory in the series in Hong Kong Season 5.
Di Grassi has highlighted Venturi’s performance improvement over the course of the seasons: “Anyone who knows me know how competitive I am – driving for a team that I know can fight at the front and really challenge for the championship is essential for me. ROKiT Venturi Racing was simply the best choice and I’m really happy to be part of the team. I’ve followed Venturi since Season 1 and I know that they have a strong history in Monaco. The team performed very, very well last season. You can see that the team has progressed a lot in recent years, the momentum is really there and they have shown clear improvements in every area. Edo had a fantastic season, really strong, he was fighting for the title until the very end and there were many times over the season that I was racing both Venturi cars and I could see how competitive they were. “It’s not just about the team though, I’m really happy to drive alongside Edo, we’ve known each other for a very long time, we part of the Audi program together, I respect him as a driver, as a human – he’s a very talented driver and a great character, I think we’re going to work really well together.”
Team Principal Susie Wolff has also commented about the importance of having di Grassi joining the team: “Last season we demonstrated that we have a strong package, there were many highlights throughout the season starting with a podium and finishing with a win. Edo showcased to everyone what we have known all along – that he’s a World Championship contender. Moving forward to Season 8, Edo is joined by Lucas – a proven Formula E Championship winner who also brings a wealth of experience. They will push each other and drive us forward as a team. To have both cars scoring points in every race is essential for us for the Team’s Championship and with our new driver line-up, there’s a lot to feel optimistic about heading into Season 8.”