Venturi has announced former DTM driver Susie Wolff as its new Team Principal and shareholder ahead of the finale of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
Wolff will start her role with the team immediately and major on preparing the team ahead of the 2018-19 season which will get underway in December.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Gildo [Pastor, Venturi CEO], who is rightly recognised as a pioneer in electric automobiles and who saw the potential of the series from the very beginning,” said Wolff.
“Formula E is the perfect environment for this step into team management: it is full of potential, breaking the mould for traditional racing series, and the series is enjoying an exciting phase of expansion at the moment.
“I can’t wait to begin this next chapter in my racing career and to tackle all of the challenges ahead.”
The 35 year-old, who is married to Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff, has forged a noteworthy career in the racing industry since she stopped racing in November 2015.
As an ambassador for Williams in Formula 1 and then as the founder of the Dare to Be Different organisation promoting, inspiring and nurturing women in the racing industry, Wolff was honoured for her work with an MBE last year.
The Venturi team has had links to the Mercedes-affiliated HWA organization and a technical partnership with the ZF Group which works closely with Mercedes.
Venturi owner Pastor has also had a long friendship with Toto Wolff and will supply the HWA Formula E team with a powertrain in Season Five.
It was the initial engineering link between Venturi and HWA, announced in December, which led to the formation of the HWA Formula E squad as a ‘sleeper team’ to aid Mercedes’ Season Six entry to gain more technical and operational experience in the all-electric championship.
“I am delighted to welcome Susie on board as Team Principal and shareholder,” said Pastor. “Her energy and expertise will help us to grow by strengthening the team and introducing a new approach to management.
“Thanks to her personal experience Susie takes a unique strategic view of the team, the championship and motor racing in general.
“She will certainly lead the Venturi Formula E Team to the top. Her desire to become a shareholder illustrates an unwavering commitment which warms my heart.”
Wolff will be overseeing her former Williams colleague Felipe Massa who was announced as a Venturi driver last month.
The two know each other well having worked together as drivers at Williams in 2014 and 2015.