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Venturi Announces Nato as Reserve Driver

Norman Nato joins Venturi as reserve driver ahead of Ad Diriyah E-Prix…

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European Le Mans Series runner-up Norman Nato has been revealed as Venturi’s reserve driver ahead of next weekend’s Ad Diriyah E-Prix.

The Frenchman joins full-season drivers Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara, as well as Simona de Silvestro, who was previously announced as development driver.

Nato will take part in the rookie test following the Marrakesh E-Prix in January in addition to attending races and simulator work throughout the season.

“The opportunity to drive for Gildo Pastor and Susie Wolff at this key time in the history of the team and the championship is a privilege I’m fully aware of,” said Nato.

“The job that’s been entrusted to me is very important, as a Formula E meeting takes places over just one day (the Saturday – practice, qualifying and the race) the team has to be prepared and in the best possible shape to make the most of the opportunities available in a short timeframe.

“Driving Formula E cars demands a lot of finesse and technique. I’ll be putting all of my energy into learning our new car and fine-tuning my driving so that we can perfect our race day performance and strategy.”

The former single-seater driver recently made the switch to prototypes, joining Racing Engineering for ELMS this season and finishing second in the championship.

“Norman is a fantastic addition to the team, he’s settling in well as he takes on an important role in the simulator – a critical element for any Formula E team,” added team principal Susie Wolff.

“His experience gained over a variety of disciplines will be an asset to the team. As reserve driver, he will be attending some races, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with the car in Marrakesh.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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