The Maserati MSG Formula E team that will emerge from the former Venturi stable in Monaco for the next Gen3 era will be led by former DS Techeetah sporting director James Rossiter.
Rossiter will cease his work as a driver with the Peugeot Hypercar team in the World Endurance Championship to take up his new role with the DS FE client team with immediate effect.
The 38-year-old will therefore end his competitive career in international motorsport after 20 years of competition which has included victories in Formula 3, LMP2 and Super GT, as well as test driver positions for BAR and Force India Formula 1. teams.
Rossiter’s last professional race was last month at the 6 Hours of Fuji WEC, where he starred as he finished third in the new Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar.
He is set to be replaced for the next WEC final round in 2022 by Peugeot’s recent signing Nico Mueller, who will race in both the WEC and Formula E with the Abt team next season.
“Regarding his contribution to Peugeot Sport, James will remain our reserve, development and simulator driver until Bahrain to ensure the stability of the 2022 programme,” a Peugoet spokesperson told The Race. “We are going to base our Bahrain line-up on the tests we have run on track, in the simulator and during this end of the season.
“We will communicate in the next 10 days on our composition in Bahrain.”
Rossiter’s appointment will be seen as a natural progression after his move into a full-time sporting director role with the DS Techeetah team in 2019.
It was then that he succeeded Pedro de la Rosa, who spent two seasons with the team that broke through to become a double Formula E champion with Jean-Eric Vergne.
The new Maserati MSG team, which rose from Venturi, runners-up to the 2021 teams, interviewed several candidates last month, but Rossiter was always considered one of the favorites due to his previous relationship with Venturi and his links with Stellantis Motorsport.
Rossiter acknowledged to The Race earlier this week that “having the support of Stellantis to move towards the [Maserati] opportunity was key”.
“I’m still part of the [Stellantis] family with the Maserati brand, which is important,” he added.
“There are a lot of relationships that have been built over the last five years to help with that. So, on that side, it’s positive.
“I am very grateful to have taken this opportunity [with Techeetah] and I’ve learned a tremendous amount over the past three years doing this to prepare myself for this role.
Maserati MSG’s quick appointment of Rossiter comes just three weeks after it was announced that Jérôme d’Ambrosio was leaving the team’s main seat after just one season in the role.
One of Rossiter’s first big calls will be which driver will partner Edoardo Mortara (above) for next season.
Mortara will race with the Monaco-based team for a sixth consecutive season, but it’s highly likely the already signed Nyck de Vries will trigger a Formula 1 exit clause.
That should be coming soon, so Rossiter, along with team owners Scott Swid and Jose Aznar, will be on the hunt for what The Race understands to be an experienced driver as a late replacement for De Vries.
Additionally, as a customer-supplied team, Maserati MSG is expected to receive its Gen3 cars next month after homologation, although it does get an allotment of four test days through its deal with sister brand Stellantis DS which been testing since July.
Rossiter drove the last car and will be able to relay some of the information already gathered.
Speaking of Rossiter’s hire, Swid said Rossiter will bring “the experience of significant success in Formula E and we will leverage that expertise to deliver our bold ambitions under our new identity.”
“This is a pivotal time for our team and the sport as a whole, James is ambitious and strategic by nature, and these are qualities we have seen pay off in Formula E,” he added.
“His previous role in the development of the Gen3 car will also give us an edge. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can achieve as he leads the team into season nine and beyond.
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