Massa joins Venturi Formula E team


Felipe Masa will drive for Monaco's Venturi Formula E Team starting from the 2018-2019 season.

The Brazilian's arrival at the Venturi Formula E Team is part and parcel of the development process initiated last year by the team's founder and president, Gildo Pastor.

After first forging a collaboration with HWA AG, then signing an agreement making that company a client of Venturi, PASTOR has now brought Massa into the fold. The Brazilian driver is set to play a vital role in Venturi's strategy, with six months to go until the new season starts.

"I'm very happy to be joining the Venturi Formula E Team and the Formula E championship," said Massa, "which has become a magnificent competition in such a short space of time.

"For some years now, I've been clear about my interest in this innovative, forward-looking discipline that's developing exponentially. I especially like the format of race meetings, the city-centre circuits and the contact with the fans.

"I can't wait to take part in testing at the end of the month. Gildo has always been a step ahead when it comes to high performance electricity vehicles. The team is in a phase of growth and development. I'll do everything I can to contribute to the project and hopefully I'll be among the front runners."

Massa has signed a three-year deal with Venturi and will take part in a private testing session with the VFE 05 by the end of May.

"It's an honour to welcome Felipe to the Venturi family," said Pastor. "I needed him, his experience, his speed, and his openness. Formula E is extremely complex to set up and drive. Even more so than in other disciplines, teamwork between the driver and the engineering team is one of the keys to success. Felipe's 15 years' experience in Formula 1 will definitely give us a boost. And with his humble nature, I know he will listen to the team and master the discipline quickly."

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Published: 15/05/2018
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