The Maserati’s inclusion in Formula E within the Venturi Racing operation continues to generate changes in the structure of the team that will debut in the 2023 season. After the departure of CEO Sussie Wolff, it is now the head of the team, Jérôme d’Ambrosio, who is stepping aside.
The departure of the pair is not without risk for the brand’s owners, as Venturi enjoyed its strongest period in Formula E under the leadership of Wolff and d’Ambrosio, with driver Edoardo Mortara competing strongly for the title in the previous two seasons in the competition.
The Swiss finished second behind Nyck de Vries in 2020-21 in the runner-up standings, and third overall last season when Stoffel Vandoorne and Mitch Evans eclipsed him in the closing stages of the calendar.
Venturi’s duo of Mortara and 2016-17 champion Lucas di Grassi helped the team to its best-ever Formula E championship finish, with the Monegasque team second overall and 24 points behind engine supplier Mercedes.
After announcing his departure, d’Ambrosio thanked the entire Venturi team for “two incredible seasons.” “I would like to thank Susie, Scott and Jose for entrusting me to lead the organization as team manager. It has been a privilege and I couldn’t have wished for a better environment to evolve in after my career transition as a racing driver.”
“I wish everyone in the team the best as they enter a new era of the Championship,” he noted about the start of the Gen3 era for Formula E.
One of Venturi’s shareholders, Scott Swid acknowledged d’Ambrosio’s contribution, noting that he played a crucial role in helping to make the team’s vision a reality.”
“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together, and by putting the best people in place, we have built a strong team with bold aspirations for the future,” he added.
At the same time, Swid expressed his motivation ahead of the new era of the electric single-seater series and evolving with a historic brand like Maserati in a championship that has not stopped evolving since its founding in 2014.
Known as Venturi Racing during its eight years in the championship, the team will change its name to Maserati MSG Racing for 2022-23, in deference to Maserati’s entry as a manufacturer and Venturi’s rebranding to Monaco Sports Group.