D’Ambrosio leaves Venturi Formula E team ahead of Maserati era
Jérôme d’Ambrosio will not continue as team principal with the renamed Maserati Formula E team, recently spun off from the Venturi team.
The three-time E-Prix winner joined Venturi in October 2020 as assistant team manager before becoming the team’s de facto boss a year later when Susie Wolff became general manager.
The deal for Maserati – which will operate as Maserati MSG (Monaco Sports Group) Racing – to enter Formula E through the Stellantis brand collection was reached at the end of 2021 and will allow the marque to use DS-homologated cars Automobiles in its first season in 2023.
Edoardo Mortara will continue with the team, but his teammate’s identity is less clear as the already signed Nyck de Vries is set to trigger an F1 release clause in his contract with Maserati this fall.
D’Ambrosio’s decision to step down was reportedly made definitively soon after the end of the 2022 season, with the 36-year-old ready for new challenges.
“I have enjoyed my time with the team immensely and will always be proud of what we have achieved thanks to a great group of people together,” dAmbrosio told The Race on Friday afternoon.
“I thought about what I wanted to do this summer and came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue other projects in motorsport.
D’Ambrosio presided over Venturi’s most successful season of 2022, with Mortara taking four wins and Lucas di Grassi adding another – meaning the team has won the most races of any team on the grid. last season.
Venturi scored 295 points during the campaign, by far his best run, and finished second in the team standings behind his powertrain manufacturer, Mercedes EQ.
Now however, after the official transition to Maserati began earlier this month, a new team principal is being sought by the team following the exit of d’Ambrosio.
The Race understands that Maserati MSG has at least two candidates it names as a successor to d’Ambrosio, whose departure comes just a week after Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill quit the team temporarily. unexpected.
Scott Swid, Principal Owner and Chairman of Monaco Sports Group, said d’Ambrosio had made “an invaluable contribution over the past two seasons, during which he has played a crucial role in helping to bring our vision of the sport to life. ‘crew”.
“On a personal note, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together, and by putting the best people in place, we’ve built a strong team with bold aspirations for the future,” Swid said. “With that in mind, I’m excited to see what the future holds for him and us as we get ever closer to the start of the next generation of Formula E racing in January.”
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There was a lot of curiosity when d’Ambrosio was announced as joining Venturi, first as the team’s assistant manager in 2020.
Indeed, at the relatively young age of 34, he could easily have continued his competitive career as a reserve driver in Formula E or elsewhere in international motorsport.
I wrote in 2020 that D’Ambrosio was a no-nonsense racer who, despite knowing he was a very capable rider and a winner in his time, used the professional abilities of a pro for his race. He was the one who aroused universal respect.
That esteem carried over effortlessly when he moved on to his main team roles from 2020. He was instrumental in signing Lucas di Grassi in the spring of 2021 and ensuring that two often volatile and strong like the Brazilian and Mortara do not ignite and create self-destruction within the team.
When Mortara described his teammate as “the butcher of Formula E” at The Race after suffering a puncture in battle with di Grassi, d’Ambrosio, to the outside world at least, was the personification of quiet authority.
The fact that this episode did not have a particular sequel was to contain the situation within the team. It paid off when Mortara dominated in Berlin a few weeks later and then di Grassi took off with some great performances in the second half of the campaign.
D’Ambrosio’s position at the start was not easy in the team. Not only did he work in the shadow of Susie Wolff’s impressive character and style, but he also had to blend in with Venturi’s new majority owners, Swid and José M Aznar Botella.
They are now the ones who must find a suitable replacement for d’Ambrosio, who has proven to be a stable and authoritative senior in a team once considered an enigma but is now regarded as one of the most successful teams. ambitious and most dynamic in Formula E. .