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Venturi Chooses Reserve Driver; Announcement Soon

Venturi has chosen a test and reserve driver, is set to reveal identity next month…

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Venturi is set to name a permanent test and reserve driver soon in addition to its recently announced deal with Simona de Silvestro.

The Monegasque manufacturer will reveal the name of the driver “early next month”, according to team principal Susie Wolff.

Venturi used Moroccan driver Michael Benyahia as its development driver last season, with the Formula Renault regular attending several races in that capacity.

A driver development initiative called the Venturi Next Gen program was launched earlier this year and includes Formula 2 racer Dorian Boccalacci and Arthur Leclerc, the younger brother of new Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles.

It is believed that Boccolacci and Leclerc are the most likely to be considered for a potential test role if Venturi chooses not to look outside its own pool of drivers.

“We will announce a reserve driver early next month,” Wolff told e-racing365.

“Simona has racing commitments in Australia so we have to have someone else too. We are pleased with who we have got and it further strengthens our team as a whole.”

Venturi has tested several well-known racers in addition to its regular race drivers since the summer of 2017.

These include Porsche-contracted drivers Brendon Hartley and Gianmaria Bruni who both sampled the Gen 1 car in summer last year.

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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