Venturi Formula E team have strengthened links with Arthur Leclerc as the Monegasque driver starts his maiden German F4 season.
The support will come from a junior driver development programme which will include more simulator time for the 18-year-old.
Leclerc tested in the rookie test in Marrakesh for Venturi, going 20th fastest in the morning session before posting a time good enough for ninth fastest in the afternoon session.
In both cases he beat team-mate Norman Nato.
“I’m delighted to be continuing my partnership with Venturi. I’ve learned a lot from them over the last 12 months,” said Leclerc.
“I’ve been touched by the support which Gildo Pastor [Venturi Formula E president] and Susie Wolff [team principal] have given me. This will allow me, outside my German F4 races, to keep finding out more about the new world of Formula E.
“It’s a championship that is always evolving; it has a young, modern side to it which I like, and to be involved in it at this stage of my career is a great thing for a young driver.”
Pastor was full of praise for Leclerc, who also drove the Venturi VFE-05 at Calafat in Spain for its premier track outing in April 2018.
Pastor said: “When Arthur took part in the Rookie Test in Marrakech, we noticed that he had become more mature.
“Arthur is a composed, intelligent young man who listens, and whose ability to analyse and take a step back is frankly astonishing given his youth and limited experience in motorsports.
“Add to this his fantastic speed and Monegasque nationality, and you’ll understand just how delighted I am to be able to count him as one of us.”
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