The ex-F1 racer turned Venturi team boss adapting to a Formula E title fight
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The ex-F1 racer turned Venturi team boss adapting to a Formula E title fight

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For the second year in a row, the Venturi team is in the thick of the fight for Formula E title glory with Edoardo Mortara. That's despite a change to a more meritocratic qualifying system, which was expected to give the works Mercedes team an edge, and ex-Formula 1 racer Jerome d'Ambrosio being new in the team principal hot seat. As he tells Autosport, it's a challenge he's revelling in

In Formula E’s very first race, Venturi had stamped its place into the all-electric championship’s folklore - albeit not entirely in auspicious terms. On that day in Beijing, where Nick Heidfeld was challenging e.dams’ Nicolas Prost for victory on the final lap, the Frenchman cut across his then World Endurance Championship team-mate into the last corner. Heidfeld was pitched into a flip, and Venturi was denied the chance to become Formula E’s first winning team.

The Monegasque squad has been ever-present in Formula E since, and in that time, much has changed. Opting to become a powertrain manufacturer and supplier as the formula was opened up from the full single-spec arrangement after the first season, Venturi then became a Mercedes customer ahead of Formula E’s sixth season in 2019-20. Thus began its most successful period in the championship, paving the way to a Maserati tie-up that will herald a return to being a manufacturer entity.

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