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Susie Wolff named Venturi Formula E Team CEO

Wolff took on the role of team principal for the Monegasque company in July 2018 as part of a three-year plan to raise the profile and competitive position of the team, having retained the role when the team found a new owner led by Chairman Scott Swid in December 2020.

Former Formula 1 driver D’Ambrosio has joined Venturi as assistant team principal for the 2021 season upon his retirement from racing following his departure from the Mahindra race crew.

With this structure in place and using a mercedes customer powertrain, Edouardo Mortara finished second in the drivers’ table last season as Venturi finished seventh out of 12 teams.

This restructuring has been underway for some time as Wolff assessed his role throughout the second half of the 2021 term.

Although upon joining Venturi, it was not directly intended for D’Ambrosio to become the team’s manager.

Wolff said: “After being team manager for the past three years, the time seems right for this change.

“Since taking on this role in 2018, I have felt a great sense of pride and accomplishment at how we have grown from strength to strength as an organization.

“Since joining the team last year, Jérôme has had a positive impact and I know I am leaving the team’s operations in very capable hands as Formula E progresses into its third generation of competition. in [2022-23].”

Jérôme d’Ambrosio, Deputy Team Principal, Venturi Racing

Photo by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport pictures

While Wolff is expected to attend fewer races from now on, she will retain an active role which will likely include seeking a new Gen3-era powertrain deal following the announcement that current Venturi engine partner, Mercedes, will exit the series in factory form at the end of the 2022 term.

She will also oversee the team’s strategic and commercial operations, having been central to the deal for Venturi to secure its first title sponsor with ROKiT for 2019-20.

D’Ambrosio, a series stalwart and three-time race winner via stints with Dragon and Mahindra, added: “I’m grateful to the team for giving me this opportunity.

“As Susie’s successor at the helm of the team, I know I have big shoes to fill and I am someone who has always relished a new challenge.

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“Over the past 12 months I have learned a lot from Susie, and I believe that together we will continue to be an incredibly strong team.

“This team dynamic has allowed us to deliver our most successful campaign to date, which is a fantastic foundation on which to build going forward.

“With Edo and Lucas [di Grassi, the 2017-18 champion moving from Audi] in the car next season, and after our form of [2021]the whole team feels positive and very motivated to get back on track and work together for another successful championship.”

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