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Massa and Venturi part ways following the final race

As the chequered flag falls on Season Six, Venturi confirmed that Felipe Massa will be parting ways with the team after two seasons.

The Brazilian driver joined the team in 2018 alongside Edoardo Mortara and following a stint in F1 which saw him win 11 Grands Prix and come oh-so-close to becoming F1 World Champion in 2008.

Massa joined the Venturi team for the 2018/19 season and scored a podium for the team in their home race in Monaco.

However, his second season with the team was more challenging as he scored three of Venturi’s 44 points.

Massa thanked the team saying: “Leaving a team is never an easy decision to make. We’ve made some good memories together and it’s given me the opportunity to learn something completely different from what I’m used to, so first of all I want to thank [Venturi President] Gildo [Pastor] and [Team Principal] Susie [Wolff] for their faith in me.

“It’s been an honour to be part of the only motorsport team from the Principality, and representing them on the podium at the Monaco E-Prix was a definite highlight for me.”

The Brazilian driver, from Sao Paulo, admitted that the two seasons in Formula E had been something of a challenge and added: “The past two seasons have been a big learning curve for us all and unfortunately, for various reasons, we haven’t quite achieved what we hoped. “Despite that, it’s been a lot of fun and I wish the team nothing but the very best of luck for the future. I look forward to announcing my future plans in due course.”

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 11: Felipe Massa (BRA), Venturi Formula E, 3rd position, receives his trophy from Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E on the podium during the Monaco E-prix at Monte Carlo on May 11, 2019 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Andrew Ferraro / LAT Images)

Team Principal, Susie Wolff, echoed Massa’s sentiments and added: “Felipe has brought a lot to the team. Having someone of his profile, calibre and experience has been a big help in driving the team forward. I have a huge amount of respect for Felipe. “It’s been a joy working with him again and I wish him the very best for the future.”

Rob Lomas

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