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Leclerc Joins Nato at Venturi for Rookie Test

Arthur Leclerc will run for Venturi at the Marrakesh rookie test…

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Venturi is set to give a first public Formula E run to Arthur Leclerc at the Marrakesh rookie test next weekend.

Leclerc will join the team’s already announced tester Norman Nato who will take in his first on-track laps as part of his test and development driver role.

Leclerc, the younger brother of Ferrari F1 driver Charles Lecrlerc, was announced as one of the founding members of Venturi’s Next Gen academy scheme in March.

Along with sometime Formula 2 driver Dorian Boccolacci, Leclerc was the highest profile member of the initiative which has the aim of promoting young talent into its Formula E team.

The Frenchman has tested extensively on Venturi’s in-house simulator in Monaco and has also had a brief run in a Gen 2 car in private testing when he conducted initial systems checks and installation laps at Calafat in April.

Eighteen-year-old Leclerc made his single-seater racing debut last year in the French F4 category where he finished fifth in the standings after taking two victories.

“I will dedicate myself completely to the team in their quest to optimize the Venturi VFE-05,” said Leclerc.

“It will be my way of thanking Susie, [Wolff] Gildo [Pastor] and all of the staff for giving me the opportunity to drive this outstanding car again.

“Formula E is a pioneering, inventive and young championship, and one in which I was keen to play an active part. I’m fortunate to be involved in it so early in my career.”

Venturi president Gildo Pastor said that he was impressed by his fellow Monegasque’s progress in the Venturi Next Gen academy.

“Looking at Arthur’s performances in F4 and karting, it’s clear he has talent,” he said.

“Also, my teams have had many good things to say about him. In the working sessions, he was calm, humble, ready to listen and hard-working, qualities without which talent is nothing.

“In entrusting our car to him again, we are renewing our faith in him.

“I am a Monegasque to the core, so giving Arthur the opportunity to develop is an honour. Like all Monegasques, we are driven by the desire to fly the flag for the Principality.”

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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