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Massa Signs Three-Year Venturi Deal

Former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has signed a three-year deal with Venturi…

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Felipe Massa has signed a three-year deal with Venturi and will make his ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut for the Monegasque operation at the end of 2018.

The 11-time Formula 1 race winner will drive for Venturi from the outset of Season Five beginning this December.

Ahead of his race debut, the Brazilian will complete a comprehensive test and development program which will begin after this weekend’s Berlin E-Prix.

The former Ferrari and Williams F1 driver has had an interest in Formula E after first visiting a race at Battersea Park in July 2015.

Massa then tested a Season One Jaguar at the Racalmuto test track in Sicily at the beginning of 2017. He has also commented on several occasions in recent months of his desire to race in the all-electric championship.

E-racing365 understands that Massa’s representatives had held talks with some other teams in recent months but were only able to get a multi-year commitment from Venturi.

Despite some recent media reports to the contrary, Massa is yet to test a Venturi Formula E car.

“I’m very happy to be joining the Venturi Formula E Team and the Formula E championship, which has become a magnificent competition in such a short space of time,” said Massa.

“For some years now, I’ve been clear about my interest in this innovative, forward-looking discipline that’s developing exponentially.

“Gildo [Pastor] has always been a step ahead when it comes to high performance electricity vehicles. The team is in a phase of growth and development.

“I’ll do everything I can to contribute to the project and hopefully I’ll be among the front runners”.

Venturi president Pastor added: “It’s an honor to welcome Felipe to the Venturi family. I needed him, his experience, his speed, and his openness.

“Formula E is extremely complex to set up and drive. Even more so than in other disciplines, teamwork between the driver and the engineering team is one of the keys to success.”

Venturi’s previous experience with a former F1 race winner ended abruptly in 2015-16, when Jacques Villeneuve left the team only three races into the season.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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