Venturi is set to have an unchanged driver lineup of Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara for the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, according to its team principal Susie Wolff.
Wolff says that the team has known “for some time” that there would be no changes for Season Six which will begin at the end of 2019.
Mortara has been linked to a potential seat with the new Mercedes EQ team for next season after he conducted some of the initial manufacturer development testing recently.
Both Mortara and HWA Racelab team principal Ulrich Fritz told e-racing365 last month that it was too early to suggest that a move to Mercedes could be on the cards.
Since then it is believed that an option on Mortara’s services for Season Six has been activated by Venturi in order to have a consistent lineup going into the season.
Massa was initially announced in May of last year on a three-season contract with the Monegasque team.
“We have the driver lineup set and it stays with Felipe and Edoardo and we’ve known that for some time,” Wolff told e-racing365.
Commenting on the notion that Mortara could join Stoffel Vandoorne at Mercedes EQ, Wolff said: “I think some people have been playing strategic chess and not realizing that there is really no chess game happening.”
Vandoorne is likely to be confirmed officially as a Mercedes EQ driver later this summer.
Wolff Wants to Retain de Silvestro
Wolff says that she would like to keep Venturi’s current test and development driver Simona de Silvestro within the team next season.
The Swiss driver was named in the role last November and tested for the team in December’s Ad Diriyah test in Saudi Arabia.
“I would love to retain Simona in the team because she is an asset and she does a lot of work in the simulator and helping drive the team forward,” said Wolff.
“But she has her race program in Supercars which is something I think is good for her, so we have to see what suits all parties before a decision is finalized.”