Maserati is set to make its debut in Formula E with the ROKiT Venturi Racing team. The Italian Trident and ROKiT Venturi Racing picked the Rome E-Prix last weekend (Season 8) to announce their multi-year partnership starting in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
The 2 parties are united with a fighting spirit and a continued thirst for ground-breaking innovation. Maserati will become the first Italian brand to participate in the Formula E championship and will debut on the starting grid with the new Gen3 car. The fastest, lightest and most powerful Formula E single-seater ever, it features a range of innovations in terms of design, production and technology.
Ahead of the Rome E-Prix, ROKiT Venturi Racing leads the 2 World Championships i.e. Teams and Drivers. Last season, the team’s campaign was the most successful to-date, achieving 2 victories, 5 podiums and the title of Vice-World Champion for its Swiss Italian driver, Edoardo Mortara.
“Returning to motorsport with Formula E was a natural choice for Maserati. Indeed, we are driven by our passion and innovation. And we’re happy to share this adventure with a partner that abides by the same values as we do and is looking ahead to the future, just like us. We share with the ROKiT Venturi Racing team the same determination and desire to compete and win on circuits all over the world,” said Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO.
Scott Swid, Chairman & Managing Partner, ROKiT Venturi Racing added: “Partnering with Maserati for Gen3 is brilliant news. It’s excellent for the team, for Maserati and Formula E, but above all else, it’s fantastic news for the fans who will witness the return of an iconic marque to top-tier motorsport. Not only does this establish strong foundations for our long-term future in Formula E, but it also marks one of the most exciting stories in international sport in which a prestigious brand is returning to its roots by joining the most progressive and fastest-growing form of motorsport.”
For Susie Wolff, CEO & Managing Partner, ROKiT Venturi Racing, “Uniting with Maserati marks the start of a new chapter and represents the best possible outcome for the team following our successful partnership with Mercedes. Being entrusted with the return of one of motorsport’s most recognisable brands to international single-seater competition underlines our success in recent seasons in which we have firmly established ourselves as a commercially viable, race-winning team that can seriously contend for championships. With this commitment, the team is now in a fantastic position to contest Formula E’s next generation of competition which will commence in 2023.”
Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, STELLANTIS Motorsport, added: “We are delighted to partner Maserati with ROKiT Venturi Racing, one of the most competitive teams in the championship. It is a real asset for Maserati to rely on Venturi expertise. We think that the collaboration of Maserati design skills and Venturi racing capabilities and experience will deliver a very efficient package. Our common DNA and passion for performance will unite the team”.