Jerome d’Ambrosio replaces Susie Wolff as Venturi team principal as a number of Formula E teams announce management changes ahead of pre-season testing for Season 8.
Wolff, who has been Venturi team principal since 2018, has been promoted to a new role as CEO of ROKiT Venturi Racing.
The change has been described as a “natural evolution” after a new owner bought the squad in December 2020. The new management system is part of an effort to make the team financially viable as well as successful on track.
“After serving as team principal for the past three years, the timing feels right for this change,” said Wolff. “Since taking on this role in 2018, I have experienced a great sense of pride and achievement from how we have gone from strength to strength as an organisation.
“Since joining the team last year, Jerome has made a positive impact and I know that I’m leaving the team operations in very capable hands as Formula E advances towards its third generation of competition in Season 9.”
D’Ambrosio added: “I’m grateful to the team for entrusting me with this opportunity. As Susie’s successor as team principal, I know that I have big shoes to fill and I’m someone who has always relished a new challenge.
“Over the past 12 months, I have learned a lot from Susie and I believe that together we will continue to make an incredibly strong team. This team dynamic has resulted in us achieving our most successful campaign to date which is a fantastic foundation to build upon for the future.
“With Edo [Mortara] and Lucas [Di Grassi] in the car next season, after our form from Season 7, the whole team is feeling positive and very motivated to get back out on track, working together towards another successful championship.”
Venturi isn’t the only team with changes in its management line-up.
As Techeetah revealled an update to its traditional black and gold livery, it was revealed team principal Mark Preston will move to become the CEO of DS Techeetah. This is part of an effort to make the team financially sustainable and secure its future growth.
Thomas Chevaucher takes over the duties of team principal but retains his performance director title.
At NIO, Alex Hui steps into the team principal role after joining the team in 2016 and working as an executive director.
The team’s previous principal, Christian Silk, parted ways with the squad in August and was temporarily replaced by engineer Russell O’Hagan, who now takes on a role as deputy team principal.