Lucas Di Grassi has signed for Rokit Venturi Racing for Formula E’s eighth season alongside Edoardo Mortara.
The Brazilian driver was forced to leave Audi’s Formula E team after a seven-year association with them after they decided to leave the sport at the end of last season.
Di Grassi told Formula E Zone in Berlin that he would only join a team on the grid if they have a chance of winning, and Venturi became his only option of finding that team after Mortara went into the final weekend with a chance to win the championship.
“Anyone who knows me knows how competitive I am,” said Di Grassi. “Driving for a team that I know can fight at the front and really challenge for the championship is essential for me. ROKiT Venturi Racing was simply the best choice and I’m really happy to be part of the team.”
“I’ve followed Venturi since Season 1 and I know that they have a strong history in Monaco. The team performed very, very well last season. You can see that the team has progressed a lot in recent years, the momentum is really there and they have shown clear improvements in every area.”
Mortara finished second in the Drivers’ standings in Season 7 – his fourth campaign with Venturi, narrowly missing out at the last in dramatic fashion in the finale at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport Circuit. A victory in Puebla came alongside podiums in Diriyah and Berlin, with the Swiss-Italian winding up just seven points shy of eventual World Champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ).
“I’m really happy to be continuing with the team and it’s a pleasure to welcome Lucas to the family,” said Mortara. “We had a very strong season this year, my best so far in Formula E, which was also testimony to the hard work of the team around me.
“We’re on good trajectory and we want to maintain that moving forward. Competing against Lucas in the past he has always been extremely competitive and he’s very good when it comes to energy management – one of the most critical points to being successful in Formula E. The progress we made in Season 7 was great but there is still plenty to do and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”