The creation of the Venturi Driver Academy has brought eight exciting new talents into the world of Formula E, with possibly the most recognisable of those being Arthur Leclerc, brother of Formula 1 driver Charles.
Also competing in French Formula 4, Leclerc is excited by Formula E and sees it as “the best racing” among single seater categories, and is targeting a future in the all electric series.
Coupling Formula 4 with Formula E is a big challenge now just with the attributes of the car, but also the theory behind learning about the powertrain and battery management of a Formula E car.
“We do a lot of preparation physically and mentally, and in the simulator we learn how to work with the engineer on the theory. We also see the talent of Edoardo [Mortara] and Maro [Engel] and it’s a big help to help us learn and take confidence.
“[Formula 4 is] not the same, it’s completely different as it’s with an engine. Formula 4 has a lot of oversteer and Formula E has a lot of weight on the back, so it’s very different, but I like Formula E. I think it’s the best racing in single seaters.”
As well as thinking highly of the on-track action, Leclerc also believes that Formula E is the future of motorsport based on its recent development from season one to now, with fans also flocking to see the cars in their local cities.
“I think so, every year you have a lot of development, it’s incredible. The step from the first year of Formula E to now is incredible.
“There are a lot of fans interested in Formula E as it’s in the cities, when you see Formula E in your city it’s always exceptional to go see it.”
The other members of the Venturi Driver Academy are:
Louis Iglesias (International karting)
Pierre-Louis Chovet (F4 France)
Benjamin Cartery (International karting)
Dorian Boccolacci (GP3)
Maxime Pain (Three-time e-sport world champion)
Kevin Leaune (Five-time e-sport world champion)
Gaëtan Goarant (Two-time e-sport world champion)