Maserati will become the first Italian brand to compete in Formula E as it ends a 60-year hiatus from single-seater motorsport.
With a history in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship dating back to the first race, ROKiT Venturi Racing clinched its first win in the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix. The Monegasque team is spearheaded by CEO Susie Wolff, and Formula E race-winner now team principal Jerome D'Ambrosio. These experienced heads will oversee Edoardo Mortara and double champ Lucas di Grassi in the customer Silver Arrow 02.
Founded by the Venturi Automobiles owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor, the team has competed in the all-electric series since the inaugural season in 2014.
After four seasons without a win, the team celebrated its first victory in Hong Kong after Edoardo Mortara secured the top step of the podium in a fraught race on the Harbourfront. The team finished its most recent season in eighth, one place below its standing at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Off-track, the team is the force behind the record-breaking VBB-3 'bullet car,' which set a new world record of 342 miles per hour on the salt flats in Utah, USA in 2016. With the record in hand, the 'bullet car' is still the world's fastest electric vehicle. From its base in Monaco, Venturi designs, develops and manufactures a range of electric vehicles, which benefit from the Formula E team's efforts in the Championship.
Ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team drafted in former racing driver Susie Wolff as Team Principal and ex-Formula One driver Felipe Massa. The Brazilian driver joined Formula E veteran Edoardo Mortara to complete the team's driver line up which remains unchanged ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
For their sixth season in the all-electric racing series, Venturi partnered with Mercedes-Benz EQ to adopt its powertrain - the Silver Arrow 01 - alongside its cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms.
Tenth overall in the team standings didn't truly reflect Venturi's performance, as Mortara put in a string of solid points-scoring finishes earlier in the season, ruffling the feathers of the factory teams.
Season 7 proved Venturi’s best points haul in Formula E to-date, with 146 points secured by the outgoing Norman Nato and teammate Edoardo Mortara. Mortara finished second in the Drivers' standings in his fourth campaign with Venturi, narrowly missing out at the last in dramatic fashion in the finale at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport Circuit.
A victory in Puebla came alongside podiums in Diriyah and Berlin, with the Swiss-Italian winding up just seven points shy of eventual World Champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) - there was that pass in Diriyah, too. Nato sealed a storming maiden win in Round 15, though the Frenchman was replaced by Lucas di Grassi in Season 8.
Venturi rounded out the Gen2 era with by far its best season to-date, amid Formula E’s most competitive grid yet. New signing Lucas di Grassi flew to a race win in London and proved to be a championship contender in his own right, with Edo Mortara taking a high of four wins – in Diriyah, Berlin, Marrakesh and Seoul. Despite his efforts, he fell just short of eventual champion Stoffel Vandoorne’s supreme consistency, while the team finished in by far its best-ever berth of second in the standings.