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Venturi Grand Prix

Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing
Venturi Racing logo.png
Founded2013
Founder(s)Monaco Gildo Pallanca Pastor
Team Scotland Susie Wolff
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio (Deputy Team Principal)[1]
Current seriesFormula E
Current driversSwitzerland Edoardo Mortara
France Norman Nato
Websitewww.venturiracing.com

Venturi Racing[2] (formerly Venturi Formula E Team[3]) is a Monegasque motor racing team controlled by Scott Swid (Chairman and principal owner), Susie Wolff and José M Aznar Botella. The team competes in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Venturi Racing competes with a single-make chassis built by Spark and initially built its own powertrains, before partnering with Mercedes for the 2019-20 season.

History

2014-15 season

Venturi was founded by Gildo Pallanca Pastor and became one of Formula E's founding teams by committing to the championship in December 2013. For the series' inaugural season, it was announced that the team had signed Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin as its drivers, with Franck Baldet as team coordinator.[4]

In Formula E's debut race at the Beijing ePrix, Heidfeld was running in second place and attempted to overtake Nicolas Prost for the lead on the final lap. In the last corner, the pair collided and both failed to finish, with the accident causing Heidfeld's car to alarmingly fly through the air and land on the roll hoop. This handed the win to Lucas di Grassi.[5] Prost was given a 10-place grid penalty for the next round in Putrajaya.

At the Buenos Aires ePrix, Venturi was again in contention for victory with Heidfeld. With three laps to go, Heidfeld received a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. This handed António Félix da Costa his maiden Formula E victory.[6]

Venturi took its largest points haul of the season at the Berlin ePrix. Heidfeld took the team's only podium finish of the season at the Moscow ePrix, taking third behind eventual champion Nelson Piquet, Jr and di Grassi.[7]

Sarrazin won the final race of the season from pole position but was penalised for exceeding the maximum energy usage, dropping him to 15th.[8] Heidfeld ended the season in 12th position in the Drivers' Championship with 31 points while Sarrazin was 14th on 22 points, leaving the team ninth in the standings. Heidfeld left the team at the end of the season to join Mahindra.

2015-16 season

For the 2015-16 season, Venturi supplied powertrains to customer team Dragon Racing[9] and signed 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve as a teammate to Sarrazin.[10] After the Punta del Este ePrix, however, the Canadian left after 'disagreeing on the direction of the team'. He was replaced by Mike Conway.[11]

Sarrazin outperformed both drivers over the season, scoring points at every race and finishing second behind di Grassi in Long Beach, which was also the scene of Conway's first points finish of the season in 10th place.[12]

Venturi finished in sixth position in the Teams' Championship with 77 points. Sarrazin claimed 70 of these to also rank sixth in the Drivers' Standings while Conway claimed the remaining seven points to rank 16th. Villeneuve ranked 20th with zero points.

With a run of 10 points-scoring races, Sarrazin became the first driver in Formula E to record points at every round in one season.

2016-17 season

Sarrazin was retained for a third consecutive season by Venturi and was partnered by FIA GT World Cup driver Maro Engel who replaced Conway at the team.[13]

Venturi commenced the campaign with a double points finish at the 2016 Hong Kong ePrix, however, an uncompetitive car resulted in a difficult season. The team's best result came in Monaco, where Engel recorded fifth position.

For the 2017 Paris ePrix, Formula V8 3.5 Series champion Tom Dillmann filled in for Engel who was racing in the 2017 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters round at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz.[14] One race later in Berlin, Dillmann replaced Sarrazin who moved to Techeetah to replace Esteban Gutiérrez for the final six races.

Venturi recorded 30 points to finish ninth in the Teams' Championship. Engel recorded 16 of these points to take 17th in the Drivers' Standings while Dillmann recorded 12 for 19th and Sarrazin, 2.

2017-18 season

For the fourth season of Formula E, Venturi re-signed Engel and hired seven time Macau World Cup winner Edoardo Mortara.[15]

On his debut weekend in Formula E in Hong Kong, Mortara claimed the team's first podium since the 2016 Long Beach ePrix. The Swiss-Italian driver led for most of the race, however, span out of first position with three laps to go when trying to set the fastest lap. Mortara finished third but was promoted to second following the disqualification of race winner Daniel Abt.[16]

Due to commitments in the DTM championship with Mercedes, Dillmann filled in for Mortara at the Berlin and New York City races.[17]

Mortara's podium in the season-opener marked Venturi's highest finish in Formula E's fourth season in which the team recorded 72 points to rank seventh in the Teams' Championship. Engel finished 12th in the Drivers' Standings with 31 points while Mortara was 13th with 29. Dillmann notched 12 points in his three race appearances to finish 18th.

2018-19 season

In May 2018, Venturi signed a three-year deal with 11-time Formula One race winner Felipe Massa[18] and rehired Mortara for a second season. Norman Nato was named as the team's Reserve Driver. Former professional racing driver Susie Wolff became the Team Principal[19] while Franck Baldet became Technical Director.

Venturi supplied powertrains to the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Racelab team over the 2018-19 season, with the outfit preparing for the official entry of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the 2019-20 season.[20]

At Formula E's landmark 50th race at the 2019 Hong Kong ePrix, Mortara recorded Venturi's maiden victory.[21]

Venturi took further podiums at the Mexico City E-Prix[22] and Monaco E-Prix which was also the site of Massa's first podium finish in Formula E.[23] With 88 points, the team took eighth in the championship. Mortara finished 14th in the Drivers' Standings with 52 points while Massa was 15th with 36 points.

2019-20 season

In October 2019, Venturi confirmed that Mortara would again partner Massa while the team entered a powertrain partnership with Mercedes-Benz.[24]

On the eve of the 2019-20 season opener, the team announced a three-year Title Partnership with global telecommunications company ROKiT,[25] and also confirmed the retention of Norman Nato as Reserve Driver and the appointment of Arthur Leclerc, brother of Ferrari Formula One driver Charles Leclerc, as Test Driver.[26]

The team recorded five consecutive points finishes in the first five races, prior to the season's five-month suspension as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the season resumed in August with six races at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Berlin, Mortara took 14th in the Drivers' Championship with 41 points while Massa was 22nd with 3 points. Venturi finished in 10th in the Teams' Standings with 44 points. At the final race of the season, it was announced that Massa would be retiring from Formula E.[27]

2020-21 season

For Formula E's seventh season and first as a World Championship, Venturi re-signed Mortara and promoted Norman Nato to a full-time race seat, with the Frenchman replacing Massa.[28] Jake Hughes, in turn, joined the team as Reserve Driver.[29]

Jérôme d'Ambrosio was appointed as Deputy Team Principal after deciding to retire from professional competition at the end of Season 6.[30]

In December 2020, Venturi announced a take over in ownership, with a US investor group led by Scott Swid and Jose M Aznar Botella purchasing the team. Susie Wolff remained as Team Principal and retained an interest in Venturi alongside Founder Gildo Pallanca Pastor.[31]

At the 2021 Diriyah ePrix at the Riyadh Street Circuit, Venturi returned to the podium for the first time since the Season 5 Monaco E-Prix, with Mortara taking second place behind Nyck de Vries.[32] Nato finished third in Race 2 of the 2021 Rome ePrix, however, was disqualified after overconsuming energy.[33] The Frenchman again finished on the podium at the 2021 Valencia ePrix in second but finished fifth due to a five-second time penalty.[34]

In Race 1 of the inaugural running of the double-header Puebla ePrix, Mortara took his second podium of the season in third before driving to a commanding victory in Race 2, taking Venturi's second win in Formula E and the team's first since the Season 5 Hong Kong ePrix, ending an 834-day winless streak.[35][36]

Sponsors

Next Gen Programme

In March 2018, Venturi became the first Formula E team to establish a junior programme.[49] As of May 2018, there are eight drivers in the programme:

Driver Years Current Series Titles
France Dorian Boccolacci 2018 GP3 Series French F4 Junior Champion (2014)
France Pierre-Louis Chovet 2018 French F4 Championship n/a
Monaco Arthur Leclerc 2018 French F4 Championship n/a
France Benjamin Cartery 2018 Karting n/a
France Louis Iglesias 2018 Karting n/a
France Gaetan Gorant 2018 E-Sport World Championship E-Sport World Championship
France Kevin Leaune 2018 E-Sport World Championship E-Sport World Championship
France Maxime Paine 2018 E-Sport World Championship E-Sport World Championship

Results

Year Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points T.C.
Venturi Formula E Team
Spark SRT01-e SRT01-e1 M BEI PUT PDE BUE MIA LBH MCO BER MSC LDN 53 9th
23 Germany Nick Heidfeld 13+ DSQ 10 8 12 11 10 5 3 13 Ret
30 9 12 Ret 10 Ret 10 7 6 14 10 15
2015-16 Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-01 M BEI PUT PDE BUE MEX LBH PAR BER LDN 77 6th
4 9 4 9 4 9 2 5 10 10 5
12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 14 11 DNS
United Kingdom Mike Conway 15 12 10 14 8 9 13
2016-17 Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-02 M HKG MRK BUE MEX MCO PAR BER NYC MTL 30 9th
4 10 12 12 15 15 10
France Tom Dillmann 18 15 13 7 10 10
5 Germany Maro Engel 9 Ret Ret Ret 5 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 18
France Tom Dillmann 8
2017-18 Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-03 M HKG MRK SCL MEX PDE RME PAR BER ZUR NYC 72 7th
4 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 7 2 17+ 13 8 17 10 13 Ret
France Tom Dillmann 13 4 Ret
5 Germany Maro Engel 13 7 12 Ret 16 10 8 4 8 11 8 Ret
2018-19 Spark SRT05e Venturi VFE05 M ADR MRK SCL MEX HKG SYX RME PAR MCO BER BRN NYC 88 8th
19 Brazil Felipe Massa 17 18 Ret 8 5 10 Ret 9 3 15 8 16+ 15
48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 19 13 4 3 1 13 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret
ROKiT Venturi Racing
2019-20 Spark SRT05e Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 M DIR SCL MEX MRK BER BER BER 44 10th
19 Brazil Felipe Massa 12 17 9 Ret 17 Ret Ret 19 10 13 16
48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 7 4 Ret 8 5 17 8 14 14 8 10
2020-21 Spark SRT05e Mercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02 M DIR RME VLC MCO MEX NYC LDN BER 91* 9th*
48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara 2 DNS Ret 4 Ret 9 12 3 1 14 17 9 11
71 France Norman Nato 14 16 11 DSQG NC 5 13 14 Ret 15 7 NC Ret
Notes
  • ^1 - In the inaugural season, all teams were supplied with a spec powertrain by McLaren.
  • G - Driver was fastest in group qualifying stage and was given one championship point.
  • + - Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
  • * - Season still in progress.

Other teams supplied by Venturi

Year Team Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers Points T.C. Source
2015-16 United States Dragon Racing Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-01 M 143 4th [50]
6 France Loïc Duval
7 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio
2018-19 Germany HWA Racelab Spark SRT05e Venturi VFE05 M 5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 44 9th [51]
17 United Kingdom Gary Paffett

Notes

  1. ^ This list only includes companies whose logos have appeared on the team's cars. Mandatory logos of series' partners are also excluded from the list.
  2. ^ Including various ROKiT Group subsidiaries in ROKiT Cities (2019-present), Bandero (2019-20) and ABK Beer (2019-20).

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