The Monegasque team takes the covers off its Season 7 challenger powered by Mercedes-Benz.
The Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, has been the first to see the brand new colors of the team run by Team Principal Susie Wolff.
The 37-year-old addressed that the team´s main goals for pre-season testing at Valencia – which starts on Saturday, will be reliability, plenty of running time, and getting consistency.
ROKiT Venturi Racing will start its Formula E’s World Championship campaign with Edoardo Mortara and Norman Nato at the wheel; the latter is the third rookie in the 2020/2021 grid of the all-electric series.
Nato steps in, replacing former Formula One driver Felipe Massa.
The Brazilian, who drove for Venturi alongside Mortara for the last two seasons, achieved his best result with the squad at the 2018/2019 Monaco E-Prix, finishing in third place at the team´s home race.
On the team´s driver line-up, Wolff commented: “For Season 7, we have a formidable driver pairing in Edo and Norman. The coming campaign will be Edo’s fourth with the team, and although it is Norman’s rookie season, he already holds quite a lot of experience in Formula E as our former Reserve Driver.“
She added: “By pairing Edo’s knowledge of the championship, with the work ethic, and dedication that Norman has shown in his time with the team, I think we’ll create a very collaborative team environment which will aid our progression and help us develop throughout the season.”
Former Formula E driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio who recently announced he retired from professional racing, is joining the team this season as Deputy Team Principal.
“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,” said the Belgian.
The partnership with Mercedes
From Season 6, Venturi established its partnership with Mercedes.
The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team supplies the powertrain [inverter, motor, rear axle, and energy management software], as well as the cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics, and wiring looms.
The new powertrain and Nato are all set to make their debut in Valencia.
The 28-year-old native from Cannes outlined: “I’ve been working flat out in the simulator so I can arrive in Valencia in the best possible position, especially because we have limited test days.
“When I arrive in Spain and jump in the car for the first time, I want to feel familiar with everything and for me, that’s the most important thing.
“I’m not going to look at the times – I just want to get used to every aspect of the car, so I’m ready for every possible scenario and feel comfortable for the season-opener.”
And so is Mortara,33, the Swiss driver who is embarking on his fourth season in the series, has started 33 races, claimed one victory, and visited the podium on three occasions.
“The 2020/21 season will be my fourth with ROKiT Venturi Racing, and as one of the smallest teams on the grid, my aim is always to take the fight to the big boys and be competitive at the front.
“I’m hoping we’ll be able to do this in Season 7, but even then, the challenges that Formula E presents makes it a very interesting and rewarding championship to race in.
“We’re also racing with a strong message by promoting and developing electric vehicles to counteract climate change. For me, this is quite important because we are competing for a purpose.”
The 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season opener will take place at Parque O’Higgins in Santiago, Chile.
The double-header event is scheduled for January 16th/17th, held behind closed doors for health and safety purposes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Images courtesy of ROKiT Venturi Racing