In the run up to the return of Formula E, Last-Lap is looking at every team and analysing their lineup, their livery and their chances in 2021.
Venturi frustrated this author in Season 6. They had clear pace, particularly early in the season. They had a strong season 5 to build on with a win and podiums for Edoardo Mortara and a fabulous Monaco podium for Felipe Massa. Appointments that show intent, those of figures such as Susie Wolff and Massa should have been coming to fruition.
But they frequently underperformed. They tripped up over themselves and just left a little bit (a lot) to be desired. Their pace was good and 10th (their worst teams championship position) in the Season 6 is not a true reflection of where they should be.
A new driver, one Last-Lap is going to claim to have tipped in an article in August because we can, will hopefully bring them results their star driver unfortunately didn’t quite achieve in seasons just gone.
Edoardo Mortara remains with the team for fourth season. He has proven himself as capable of being a clear team leader, consistently outperforming 2008 F1 vice champion Felipe Massa throughout their time together.
He collected all but three of their points in Season 6 with good results all through the year, a highlight being fourth in the second race in Riyadh.
Edo said on the Venturi website: “I’m looking forward to just racing again and hopefully having some fans at events. For us drivers, when we’re not racing it can be boring and I’m pretty sure that the fans will feel the same. When we compete, we do it for the fans and I think it’s important not to forget that.
“I’m in the place I am right now because of them and I always try to remember that every time I go to the track and whenever I get the chance to meet them. I can’t wait to get back out there so I can do what I love.”
Partnering Mortara, is Formula E rookie Norman Nato. Nato has been test and reserve driver for Venturi for some time now and has narrowly missed out on FE seats in the past.
His career highlights include a second place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and third place in the 2019/20 WEC.
“I’ve been a part of the Venturi family since 2018, so to secure a full-time race seat with the team for Season 7 is a great step forward and I can’t wait to show what we can achieve together. Over the past two years, we have built very solid foundations and we share the same bright ambitions for the future.
I would like to thank Susie and the team for believing in my abilities and giving me this opportunity to race in the FIA Formula E World Championship. I’m very excited to hit the ground running in Santiago this January.”
Venturi have taken heed of the “every car is red” issue that affected last year in Formula E and have decided the best way to deal with it is to become black and white. Because no colours don’t get mixed up with other colours.
It’s kind of sleek but nothing special.
How will Season 7 go?
The driver lineup is good. Dependable.
So is the management lineup. Susie Wolff is joined by outgoing Mahindra driver Jerome D’Ambrosio as her deputy and he is a knowledgeable signing. He can win in FE.
There is on reason for Venturi to do badly apart. It seems a reasonable upgrade on the previous year so hopefully, fingers crossed, solid results can follow.
Remaining consistent race to race is the challenge in FE. If any momentum for regular points can be built up then it could be a decent year for the Monegasque marque.