Venturi Racing

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The Venturi Racing[1] (formerly Venturi Formula E Team[2]) is a Monegasque motor racing team founded by Venturi Automobiles owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor and American actor Leonardo DiCaprio to compete in the FIA championship for electric cars, Formula E.[3] The team competes with the single-make chassis built by Italian manufacturer Dallara for the inaugural season before exploring its own designs once the regulations are opened up to allow for multiple manufacturers.[citation needed]

Monaco ROKiT Venturi Racing
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Founder(s)Gildo Pallanca Pastor
Leonardo DiCaprio
Team principal(s)Susie Wolff
Current seriesFormula E
Current driversBrazil Felipe Massa
Switzerland Edoardo Mortara


2014–15 seasonEdit

For the inaugural season of Formula E, it was announced that the team had signed Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin to drive for them, with Franck Baldet as team coordinator. Heidfeld was running second in the Beijing ePrix on the final lap, but while attempting to pass Nicolas Prost for the lead on the final corner, the two collided, sending both out of the race, Heidfeld alarmingly flying through the air and landing on the roll hoop, which handed the win to Lucas di Grassi. Heidfeld took the team's only podium finish of the season in the Moscow ePrix, with third behind eventual champion Nelson Piquet, Jr and di Grassi. Sarrazin won the final race of the season, but was penalised for exceeding the maximum energy usage, dropping him to 15th. Heidfeld ended the season in 12th position in the standings, with 31 points and Sarrazin was 14th, on 22 points, leaving the team 9th in the standings. Heidfeld left the team at the end of the season to join Mahindra.

2015–16 seasonEdit

Due to Heidfeld's departure, the team signed 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve as a teammate to Sarrazin. However, the Canadian left the team after the Punta del Este ePrix after 'disagreeing on the direction of the team'. He was replaced by Mike Conway. Sarrazin outperformed both drivers, scoring points at every race and finishing second behind di Grassi in Long Beach, which was also the scene of Conway's first points finish of the season in 10th place. The team finished in 6th position in the standings, with 77 points. Sarrazin claimed 70 of these to also rank 6th, with Conway claiming the remaining seven to rank 16th. Villeneuve claimed no points and ranked 20th.

2016–17 seasonEdit

Sarrazin was retained for a third season and FIA GT World Cup driver Maro Engel was signed to the team, with Tom Dillmann filling in for Engel at the Paris ePrix.[4]

2017–18 seasonEdit

For the fourth season of Formula E, the team re-signed Engel and hired seven time Macau World Cup winner Edoardo Mortara.[5] Mortara claimed the team's first podium since the 2016 Long Beach ePrix with third place at the season opener in Hong Kong, which later became second following the disqualification of Daniel Abt.[6] Dillmann once again filled in part way through the season due to Mortara's DTM commitments.[7]

2018–19 seasonEdit

In May 2018, the team signed a three year deal with eleven time Formula One race winner Felipe Massa.[8] and rehired seven time Macau World Cup winner Edoardo Mortara as teammate to Massa. Also, Susie Wolff became the team principal and Franck Baldet became the technical director.

Next Gen ProgrammeEdit

In March 2018, Venturi became the first Formula E team to establish a junior programme.[9] As of May 2018, there are eight drivers in the programme:

Driver Years Current Series Titles
  Dorian Boccolacci 2018 GP3 Series French F4 Junior Champion (2014)
  Pierre-Louis Chovet 2018 French F4 Championship n/a
  Arthur Leclerc 2018 French F4 Championship n/a
  Benjamin Cartery 2018 Karting n/a
  Louis Iglesias 2018 Karting n/a
  Gaetan Gorant 2018 E-Sport World Championship E-Sport World Championship
  Kevin Leaune 2018 E-Sport World Championship E-Sport World Championship
  Maxime Paine 2018 E-Sport World Championship E-Sport World Championship


Year Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Points T.C.
Venturi Formula E Team
2014–15 Spark SRT01-e SRT01-e1 M BEI PUT PDE BUE MIA LBH MCO BER MSC LON 53 9th
23   Nick Heidfeld 13† DSQ 10 8 12 11 10 5 3 13 Ret
30   Stéphane Sarrazin         9 12 Ret 10 Ret 10 7 6 14 10 15
2015–16 Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-01 M BEI PUT PDE BUE MEX LBH PAR BER LON 77 6th
4   Stéphane Sarrazin         9 4 9 4 9 2 5 10 10 5
12   Jacques Villeneuve 14 11 DNS
  Mike Conway 15 12 10 14 8 9 13
2016–17 Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-02 M HKG MRK BUE MEX MCO PAR BER NYC MTL 30 9th
4   Stéphane Sarrazin 10 12 12 15 15 10
  Tom Dillmann 18 15 13 7 10 10
5 8
  Maro Engel 9 Ret Ret Ret 5 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 18
2017–18 Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-03 M HKG MRK SCL MEX PDE RME PAR BER ZUR NYC 72 7th
4   Edoardo Mortara 7 2 17† 13 8 17 10 13 Ret
  Tom Dillmann 13 4 Ret
5   Maro Engel 13 7 12 Ret 16 10 8 4 8 11 8 Ret
2018–19 Spark SRT05e Venturi VFE05 M ADR MRK SCL MEX HKG SYX RME PAR MCO BER BRN NYC 88 8th
19   Felipe Massa 17 18 Ret 8 5 10 Ret 9 3 15 8 16† 15
48   Edoardo Mortara 19 13 4 3 1 13 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret
ROKiT Venturi Racing
2019–20 Spark SRT05e Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 M DIR SCL MEX MRK SYX RME PAR SEO JAK BER NYC LON 18* 7th*
19   Felipe Massa 12 17
48   Edoardo Mortara 7 4
  • ^1 – In the inaugural season, all teams were supplied with a spec powertrain by McLaren.
  • † – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
  • * – Season still in progress.

Other teams supplied by VenturiEdit

Year Team Chassis Powertrain Tyres No. Drivers Points T.C. Source
2015–16   Dragon Racing Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-01 M 143 4th [10]
6   Loïc Duval
7   Jérôme d'Ambrosio
2018–19   HWA Racelab Spark SRT05e Venturi VFE05 M 5   Stoffel Vandoorne 44 9th [11]
17   Gary Paffett
  • * – Season still in progress.


  1. ^ "Full Formula E team names revealed ahead of season opener". FIA Formula E. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Venturi Formula E Team". Formula E. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio forms racing team to help speed up electric car sales". BBC News. BBC. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  4. ^ Smith, Sam (24 April 2017). "Tom Dillmann to make Formula E debut with Venturi in Paris". Autosport. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Mortara joins Venturi for Formula E season four". 20 October 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ "FORMULA E – ROSENQVIST WINS AS MORTARA SPINS". 3 December 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Tom Dillmann to replace Mortara in Berlin". 30 April 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ Smith, Topher (24 May 2018). "Venturi announces Massa for season five". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Venturi establish the first academy for electric motorsport drivers". 29 March 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ Smith, Sam (15 July 2015). "Exclusive: Dragon Racing to run Venturi powertrain". Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  11. ^ Kilshaw, Jake (9 May 2018). "HWA Confirms Season Five Entry as Venturi Customer". e-racing365. Retrieved 3 October 2019.

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