Venturi Grand Prix
The Venturi Formula E team is a Monegasque motor racing team founded by Venturi Automobiles owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor and American actor Leonardo DiCaprio to compete in the FIA championship for electric cars, Formula E. The team competes with the single-make chassis built by Italian manufacturer Dallara for the inaugural season before exploring its own designs once the regulations are opened up to allow for multiple manufacturers.
For the inaugural season of Formula E, it was announced that the team had signed Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin to drive for them. Heidfeld was running second in the Beijing ePrix on the final lap, but while attempting to pass Nicolas Prost for the lead on the final corner, the two collided, sending both out of the race, Heidfeld alarmingly flying through the air and landing on the roll hoop, which handed the win to Lucas di Grassi. Heidfeld took the team's only podium finish of the season in the Moscow ePrix, with third behind eventual champion Nelson Piquet, Jr and di Grassi. Sarrazin won the final race of the season, but was penalised for exceeding the maximum energy usage, dropping him to 15th. Heidfeld ended the season in 12th position in the standings, with 31 points and Sarrazin was 14th, on 22 points, leaving the team 9th in the standings. Heidfeld left the team at the end of the season to join Mahindra.
Due to Heidfeld's departure, the team signed 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve as a teammate to Sarrazin. However, the Canadian left the team after the Punta del Este ePrix after 'disagreeing on the direction of the team'. He was replaced by Mike Conway. Sarrazin outperformed both drivers, scoring points at every race and finishing second behind di Grassi in Long Beach, which was also the scene of Conway's first points finish of the season in 10th place. The team finished in 6th position in the standings, with 77 points. Sarrazin claimed 70 of these to also rank 6th, with Conway claiming the remaining seven to rank 16th. Villeneuve claimed no points and ranked 20th.
For the fourth season of Formula E, the team re-signed Engel and hired seven time Macau World Cup winner Edoardo Mortara. Mortara claimed the team's first podium since the 2016 Long Beach ePrix with third place at the season opener in Hong Kong, which later became second following the disqualification of Daniel Abt. Dillmann once again filled in part way through the season due to Mortara's DTM commitments.
Next Gen Programme
In March 2018, Venturi became the first Formula E team to establish a junior programme. As of May 2018, there are eight drivers in the programme:
|Dorian Boccolacci||2018||GP3 Series||French F4 Junior Champion (2014)|
|Pierre-Louis Chovet||2018||French F4 Championship||n/a|
|Arthur Leclerc||2018||French F4 Championship||n/a|
|Gaetan Gorant||2018||E-Sport World Championship||E-Sport World Championship|
|Kevin Leaune||2018||E-Sport World Championship||E-Sport World Championship|
|Maxime Paine||2018||E-Sport World Championship||E-Sport World Championship|
|2014–15||Spark-Renault SRT 01E||M||BEI||PUT||PDE||BUE||MIA||LBH||MON||BER||MSC||LON||53||9th|
* Season still in progress.
† Driver did not complete the race, but was classified as they finished 90% of the winner's race distance.
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