Nick Heidfeld and Stephane Sarrazin will race for Venturi GP for the inaugural Formula E season.
Heidfeld has a wealth of experience in single seaters with a long track record in F1, and currently competes in endurance racing. The appointment of the German comes as no surprise, so soon after having put Venturi’s Spark-Renault through its paces at the Donington shakedown.
Frenchman Sarrazin is not as well known in the single seater arena, but he has form elsewhere; he finished third in the 2013 World Endurance Championship for Toyota, with a second-place finish at Le Mans in the bag.
Venturi is the team built around the Monaco-based car company of the same name, and is part owned by Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Venturi announcement rounds up the number of confirmed Formula E drivers to 10. Heidfeld and Sarrazin will compete with Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok at Mahindra Racing; Sam Bird and Jaime Alguersuari at Virgin Racing; Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi at Audi Sport ABT; Franck Montagny at Andretti Autosport; and Jarno Trulli at TrulliGP.
“It’s new and new means exciting,” said Heidfeld. “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 automobile.”
“Street circuits promise a lot of close competition and fights between good drivers,” said Sarrazin. “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.”