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Venturi Appoints Ex-Buemi Engineer

Venturi signs Sebastien Buemi’s former race engineer Jeremy Colançon…

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Venturi has acquired the services of former Renault e.dams engineer Jeremy Colançon to work with Felipe Massa for the ex-F1 driver’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship debut.

Colançon will work for the Monegasque team having left DAMS, which runs the e.dams Formula E operation, after four years.

Venturi is running throughout September as it utilizes its 22 days of testing allowed under its status as a customer-providing powertrain manufacturer.

Colançon, who studied CFD with the EXA Corporation, later worked for DAMS on its World Series 3.5 and GP3 programs as well as the Formula E team where he engineered 2015-16 champion Sebastien Buemi.

In addition to his role as Buemi’s race engineer, he was central to the Formula E team’s engineering management at race weekends along with chief engineer Yannick Hubert, who is set to stay with the team as it transitions from Renault to Nissan.

Venturi team principal Susie Wolff confirmed Colançon’s appointment to e-racing365.

“He will be joining us and he will be on Felipe’s car,” said Wolff.

“It was an important pillar to get right and I wanted to ensure that the engineer that Felipe works with has good Formula E experience because the format of a race day is very challenging.”

Venturi has changed its engineering structure heading into Season Five with Edoardo Mortara’s engineer from last season, Andrew Sayer, leaving the team to work with sports car outfit United Autosports in addition to other racing projects.

E-racing365 also believes that veteran engineer Jacky Eeckelaert is set to stay with the team as it forms its staff under Wolff, who was appointed as team principal in June.

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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