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Jérôme D’Ambrosio Retires from Driving to Join Venturi Racing as Deputy Team Principal

The 34-year-old revealed today that his decision to retire from professional driving came after Formula E Season 6 grand finale – a three doubleheader event held in August at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.

When I decided after Berlin to hang up my helmet, I knew I wanted to stay involved in motorsport in some capacity.

“I’m still a very competitive person. That hunger to win doesn’t leave you when you decide to step out of the car, and I want to put that passion to good use.

“When Susie [Wolff] and I started talking about potentially taking my first step into a management role, I knew in my gut that the opportunity was perfect for me. It’s time for a new challenge, and I have a lot to learn, but I know that I’ll be learning from one of the best, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead,” he concluded.

D’Ambrosio, a former Formula One driver, was one of the first to join the all-electric series, contesting every E-Prix [69 races] since the series inception back in 2014.
The Belgian visited the podium on nine occasions, claiming three victories and two pole positions throughout his campaign in Formula E.
The experienced driver contested the Formula E championship racing for Dragon Racing and Mahindra Racing.

In August, British driver Alexander Sims left BMW i Andretti Motorsport to join Mahindra Racing, replacing D’Ambrosio – who had driven for the team in the last two seasons.

Susie Wolff, Team Principal, ROKiT Venturi Racing commented: When I took on the role of Team Principal in July 2018, one of my main areas of focus was to ensure that we have the right people in the right roles. Understandably, as we evolve as a team, our needs change and grow

Jérôme taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal will serve to strengthen the team – he will play a pivotal role with our drivers and engineering team and act as my right hand in Monaco. 

“I know what it’s like to hang up your helmet, and I also know how important the next move is at any pivotal stage of a person’s career. 

“Like Jérôme, I’m someone who follows their gut instincts, and I think that we’ll make a fantastic team moving forward.”

ROKiT Venturi Racing has already confirmed its 2020/2021 pairing for the upcoming Season 7, which will have in the driver´s seat Edoardo Mortara, 33, and new teammate Norman Nato, 28, who replaces Brazilian driver Felipe Massa.

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will celebrate its first campaign as an FIA World Championship, electrifying the city streets of Santiago (Chile) with a doubleheader event set to take place in mid-January at Parque O’Higgins.

Images courtesy of ROKiT Venturi Racing Media.

About Cecilia Demartini
Cecilia is a freelance Journalist passionate about motorsport and writing.
Her articles appeared in a variety of online publications.
Her knowledge goes from F1, F2, and F3 to other series such as MotoGP, IndyCar, Rally, WEC, and particularly Formula E.