World Venturi secures the services of DI Grassi, NATO without cockpit

17:50  15 september  2021
17:50  15 september  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Lucas di Grassi fährt kommende Saison für Venturi © Motorsport Images Lucas di Grassi leaves the coming season for Venturi

The Rennstall Venturi has announced its driver's cabin for the formula E-season 2021/22: the Mercedes customer team Has signed the former Audi driver Lucas di Grassi. As the second driver, Edoardo Mortara was confirmed. This stands formula-e-rookie Norman Nato, who has won his first formula E race in Berlin, without cockpit.

for Di Grassi is Venturi after his long time at Audi's work team a real wallpaper change. The German brand has adopted after seven seasons from Formula E and pulled the plug. Di Grassi was active from the beginning as a driver at Audi and has brought the title in the 2016/17 season. A takeover of the Audi Rennstall by Abt burst, after an economic deal had not come about.

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The 37-year-old speaks of a "very, very good performance" of Venturi last season in which the team took the seventh place in the team ranking and with Mortara the second place in the driver's scope. "You can see that the racing team has developed well in recent years," says Grassi.

Details about the contract lengths are unknown, but it is assumed that DI Grassi has received a working paper for one year. So the experienced Formula E driver would have the chance to return to Abt, the team should be surprisingly from the game at the beginning of the Gen3 era in the 2022/23 season.

NATO could be used as a reserve driver again, but team boss Susie Wolff was clarified that the Frenchman should talk to other teams. After all, NATO has made aware of the late victory in Berlin and his skills.

Wolff adds: "We have shown last season that we have a strong package. There were so many highlights in the season - starting with a podium and rounding with a victory. Edo has shown what we have known for a long time: That he is a championship candidate. He and Lucas will push each other and bring us forward as a team. "

The goal is clear: Venturi wants to fight the title in the coming season and has two high-corridors like Mortara and Di Grassi two hot iron in the fire. "Both cars in every race bring in the points is particularly important for us in the teammate. With our new driver's border there is a lot of optimism."

NATO blames the 'failure of Afghan leadership' for Taliban's swift takeover .
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