Venturi Grand Prix has announced that German former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld, and Stéphane Sarrazin, the talented French driver competing in Rally and the World Endurance Championship, have joined the Venturi Grand Prix Formula E team.
Venturi Grand Prix has selected this professional duo to compete in the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship, where each race will be challenging to the Formula E drivers with many new parameters to focus upon, including city-centre layouts, electric powertrain management, car handling and performance settings.
Both drivers are highly experienced and some say, that race experience will count in the inaugural season as the cars next to its electric powertrain also different to driver. Heidfeld got a taste of what the car is like during a shakedown earlier in June.
Nick Heidfeld: “It’s new and new means exciting. It feels really special to be part of a starting project that is going to bring a lot to the future of racing and the automotive industry. I remember when I was young and starting in karting, sustainable development was not in people’s mind. New also means discovering. When you’ve been involved in driving and motorsport at a high level for such a long time, you step into a car and automatically start to compare to what you’ve experienced before. I will try to bring some ideas of what I’ve seen and experienced to help the team perform at the highest level. The team will work as one to find solutions: that’s what I like, to move forward. Working on a car is really interesting and very satisfying when you achieve winning results.”
Stéphane Sarrazin: “Being a part of this new championship is amazing. I am excited and motivated to sit in a totally new car with pioneering technology and to undertake a new discipline. In addition, street circuits promise a lot of close competition and fights between good drivers. You have to perform to make people dream. It’s a great way to raise awareness of electric vehicles. I have three years of experience in hybrid vehicle competition, which introduces the concept of being efficient in saving energy and the FIA Formula E series takes this to another level. This is something very important and I want to build on my experience. I am proud to race for Venturi, a renowned pioneer in electric vehicles. This is the future.”
So far ten out of twenty drivers have been confirmed. Among them are former F1 drivers Jarno Trulli and Franck Montagny. Click here for the complete list.