Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Former Ferrari F1 title contender Felipe Massa joins Formula E

Former Ferrari F1 title contender Felipe Massa joins Formula E

The ex-Formula 1 driver had always been touted to race in the all-electric series following his retirement at the end of the 2017 campaign and will join Formula E on a full-time basis next season.

The 2018/2019 Formula E season awaits a confirmed start date but is confirmed to include the full Monaco F1 circuit for the first time, and is expected to include Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Mexico City, Paris, Rome, Berlin Zurich and NY in its racing calendar.

"I am very blissful to be becoming a member of the Venturi Method E Group and the Method E championship, which has turn into an impressive competitors in such a brief area of time", stated Massa.

He is one among various former F1 drivers to make the change to Method E, lower than 5 years after its inception.

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa will join the Venturi Formula E team for season five of the championship.

"For some years now, I have been clear about my curiosity on this modern, forward-looking self-discipline that is creating exponentially". "I especially like the format of the race meetings, the city-centre circuits and the contact with the fans".

Massa has signed a three-year deal with Venturi and will take part in a private testing session with the VFE 05 by the end of May.

Credit Venturi
Credit Venturi

"Today I am starting a new phase in my career, I just signed with Venturi GP team to race next season", the 37-year-old Brazilian said on Twitter.

"I'll do everything I can to contribute to the project and hopefully I'll be among the front runners", said Massa.

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Venturi is now 7th in the 2017/18 FE teams' standings and fields Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara.

"I needed him, his experience, his speed, and his openness", said Pastor.

"Much more so than in different disciplines, teamwork between the driving force and the engineering group is without doubt one of the keys to success".

"Felipe's 15 years' experience in F1 will definitely give us a boost. With his humble nature, I know he will listen to the team and master the discipline quickly". The driver then moved to Formula Renault, and later Formula 3000, where he won the championship.

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