New ABB FIA Formula E Championship driver Felipe Massa joined Venturi because of its technical capabilities and willingness to expand its engineering team, he has revealed.
The Brazilian told media at the recent Zurich E-Prix that he spoke to several teams but decided on a making his Formula E debut with the Monegasque squad due to its desire to progress in the all-electric series.
“Venturi was pushing really hard to have me in the team,” said Massa.
“I was talking with a few teams in order to hear, to understand, to see definitely what was happening.
“I started to listen to all the ideas they have for the future in terms of developing the car and about trying to be bigger than what they are.”
Venturi has expanded its technical team in recent seasons with Massa’s former engineer at Sauber, Jacky Eeckelhaert, joining the team from Dragon Racing last year.
“It was clear that they want to be more of a top team than they are now working on so many different areas in the car and I found that quite interesting,” said Massa.
“Now it is a new car, in a way not completely new, as many teams, especially the bigger ones, already have some ideas on how to develop the car, but it is certainly a new challenge for everybody.”
The Brazilian admitted that Venturi’s pitch to him was a factor in choosing the team, which along with Jaguar, is the only team yet to win a Formula E race.
“I think that all the ideas that Venturi is putting on the table is on the technical side, I was happy to see that,” said the 11-time Grand Prix winner.
“This is one most important reason why I decided to sign with them.”