Mortara and di Grassi to form the ROKIT Venturi Racing team for Formula E season eight
Lucas di Grassi will stay in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship for his eighth season after being announced to run for the ROKiT Venturi Racing team alongside Edoardo Mortara.
The decision of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler the team to withdraw from Formula E at the end of season seven left di Grassi’s future on the line, but the Brazilian was recruited from Venturi to replace Norman NATO, despite the Frenchman’s first victory at the Berlin E-Prix.
Di Grassi says Team Venturi has made great strides in recent years, especially with Mortara involved in the championship battle until the last race of the season, and he hopes to help continue the progress when season eight begins. in january in Saudi Arabia.
“Anyone who knows me knows how competitive I am – driving for a team that I know can fight at the front and really challenge the championship is essential for me” said di Grassi. “ROKiT Venturi Racing was simply the best choice and I’m really happy to be part of the team.
“I have been Venturi since season 1 and I know they have a solid history in Monaco. The team performed very well last season. You can see that the team has come a long way over the last few years, the momentum is really there and they have shown clear improvements across the board.
“Edo had a fantastic, really strong season, he fought for the title until the very end and there have been several times during the season that I have driven both Venturi cars and have could see how competitive they were. “
Di Grassi is delighted to line up alongside Mortara as the Brazilian feels the Swiss rider is “very talented”. He believes the duo will work well together and bring the team the results they deserve.
“It’s not just a team issue, though. “ added di Grassi. “I’m really happy to drive alongside Edo, we’ve known each other for a very long time, we’re part of the Audi program together, I respect him as a driver, as a human – he’s a very talented driver and a great character, I think we will work very well together.
“I’m really happy to continue with the team” – Edoardo Mortara
Mortara is thrilled to be back for season eight with Venturi, and he’s just as thrilled to be working alongside di Grassi as the Brazilian is working alongside him.
The Swiss driver hopes the team’s recent positive trajectory continues into the new season as he looks to build on his most impressive Formula E season to date, which included a race victory in the Puebla E-Prize and second place in the drivers’ championship standings.
“I’m really happy to continue with the team and it’s a pleasure to welcome Lucas to the family. Mortara said. “We have had a very solid season this year, my best so far in Formula E, which is also a testament to the hard work of the team around me.
“We are on a good trajectory and we want to maintain it in the future. Competing against Lucas in the past, he’s always been extremely competitive and he’s very good at energy management – one of the most critical points for success in Formula E.
“The progress we’ve made in Season 7 has been tremendous, but there is still a lot to do and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”