Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Felipe Massa returning to racing in Formula E with Venturi

Felipe Massa returning to racing in Formula E with Venturi

He's back. Felipe Massa has once again un-retired from motorsport and announced he will race for the Venturi Formula E team for the sport's fifth season.

Massa, who won 11 Grand Prix during his 15-season Formula One career, left Formula One in 2017 but had spoken openly of his interest in joining the electric street-racing series.

He added that he is happy to be joining the Venturi Formula E Team as the "championship itself has become a magnificent competition in such a short span of time".

"I particularly just like the format of race conferences, town heart circuits and the contact with the followers".

Massa says "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".

Gildo Pastor, the Venturi president, called it an "honor" to be able to welcome a driver of such distinction to the team.

He has chosen to take that move with Venturi, signing a three-year deal with the Monegasque squad.

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It was earlier announced that the Monaco-based electric vehicle manufacturer would supply its season five gen-2 auto to the HWA entry that is joining the Formula E grid, next season.

"With Japanese brand Nissan entering a team as well, next season is shaping up to be the most electrifying one yet", added Fang.

Venturi now have Maro Engel and Edorado Mortara as their drivers, however Tom Dillmann will replace Mortara at the Berlin ePrix due to a clash with the DTM programme.

He said, "It's an honour to welcome Felipe to the Venturi family".

The all-electric concept launched in 2014 and has attracted former F1 drivers such as Jacques Villeneuve, Nick Heidfeld, Jaime Alguersuari and Nelson Pique Jr. over its formative seasons, but the arrival of the 2008 F1 runner up Massa signals Formula E's biggest coup yet, the Brazilian bringing name recognition and vast, invaluable experience to the burgeoning Championship.

"I wanted him, his expertise, his velocity, and his openness", stated Pastor. "Teamwork between the driver and the engineering team is one of the keys to success". "And along with his humble nature, I do know he'll hearken to the group and grasp the self-discipline shortly".

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