Italian manufacturer Maserati will make its FIA Formula E series debut in Season 9 after signing a deal with ROKiT Venturi Racing.
Having announced its entry into Formula E, Maserati has partnered with Venturi in a new multi-year partnership to join the electric championship from Season 9 onward. The announcement was made on the eve of Rome EPrix.
Maserati is the first Italian brand to feature in Formula E after the Stellantis Group approved its entry into the electric single-seater space. Monaco-based Venturi has been in the series since the start of the championship with four race wins over the years.
“Returning to motorsport with Formula E was a natural choice for Maserati. Indeed, we are driven by our passion and innovation,” said Maserati CEO Davide Grasso. “And we’re happy to share this adventure with a partner that abides by the same values as we do and is looking ahead to the future, just like us. We share with the ROKiT Venturi Racing team the same determination and desire to compete and win on circuits all over the world”
At the same time, Scott Swid, Chairman Managing Partner of Venturi team noted: “Partnering with Maserati for Gen3 is brilliant news. It’s excellent for the team, for Maserati and Formula E, but above all else, it’s fantastic news for the fans who will witness the return of an iconic marque to top-tier motorsport.
“Not only does this establish strong foundations for our long-term future in Formula E, but it also marks one of the most exciting stories in international sport in which a prestigious brand is returning to its roots by joining the most progressive and fastest-growing form of motorsport.”
Meanwhile, Susie Wolff added: “Uniting with Maserati marks the start of a new chapter and represents the best possible outcome for the team following our successful partnership with Mercedes. Being entrusted with the return of one of motorsport’s most recognisable brands to international single-seater competition underlines our success in recent seasons in which we have firmly established ourselves as a commercially viable, race-winning team that can seriously contend for championships. With this commitment, the team is now in a fantastic position to contest Formula E’s next generation of competition which will commence in 2023.”
And Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, STELLANTIS Motorsport, stated: “We are delighted to partner Formula E Maserati with ROKiT Venturi Racing, one of the most competitive teams in the championship. It is a real asset for Maserati to rely on Venturi expertise. We think that the collaboration of Maserati design skills and Venturi racing capabilities and experience will deliver a very efficient package. Our common DNA and passion for performance will unite the team.”
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