Jerome D ‘Ambrosio has joined Venturi as a Deputy Team Principal after leaving Mahindra at the end of season six, as the Belgian officially retires from competitive racing.
The 34-year old has been in Formula E since the first race in Beijing in 2014 driving for Dragon Racing from season one to four, and then he joined Mahindra Racing in season five. D ‘Ambrosio picked up three wins in Formula E, as well as two pole positions.
He made the decision to retire after the Berlin E-Prix, but wanted to continue to be involved in racing, and is looking forward to his new role at Venturi.
“My experience as a driver over the past 26 years has undeniably shaped me as a person and, when I decided after Berlin to hang up my helmet, I knew I wanted to stay involved in motorsport in some capacity.” explained D ‘Ambrosio.
“I’m still a very competitive person. That hunger to win doesn’t leave you when you decide to step out of the car, and I want to put that passion to good use. When Susie and I started talking about potentially taking my first step into a management role, I knew in my gut that the opportunity was perfect for me.
“It’s time for a new challenge and I have a lot to learn, but I know that I’ll be learning from one of the best and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. I want to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to my family, to my friends and also to my fans for the incredible support and help throughout my career as a driver and also now on this next adventure. Their continued and unwavering belief has meant the world to me.”
Team Principal Susie Wolff is delighted to have D ‘Ambrosio onboard and believes that she is continuing her ethos of making sure the team is surrounded by the best people possible.
“When I took on the role of Team Principal in July 2018, one of my main areas of focus was to ensure that we have the right people in the right roles. Understandably, as we evolve as a team, our needs change and grow,” said Wolff.
“Jérôme taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal will serve to strengthen the team – he will play a pivotal role with our drivers and engineering team and act as my right hand in Monaco. I know what it’s like to hang up your helmet and I also know how important the next move is at any pivotal stage of a person’s career. Like Jérôme, I’m someone who follows their gut instincts and I think that we’ll make a fantastic team moving forward.”