Di Grassi’s swap to the Mercedes powertrain buyer squad, with each events primarily based in Monaco, leaves Berlin E-Prix race winner Norman Nato out of a drive after his rookie 12 months.
Nevertheless, it can be sure that 2016-17 title winner di Grassi stays with Jaguar Racing driver Sam Chook as having contested each one of many 84 races within the championship’s historical past.
Di Grassi insisted he would keep in Method E past the exit of Audi, however his possibilities took a blow when Abt’s plan to take over the producer’s entry was kiboshed after a business deal fell aside.
His representatives opened talks with a number of groups, together with Andretti Autosport, earlier than di Grassi entered the body to switch below strain Nato, as first reported by Autosport last month.
Di Grassi stated: “Anybody who is aware of me is aware of how aggressive I’m.
“Driving for a workforce that I do know can struggle on the entrance and actually problem for the championship is crucial for me.
“[Venturi] carried out very, very nicely final season [finishing seventh in the standings].
“You possibly can see that the workforce has progressed rather a lot lately.
“The momentum is de facto there, and so they have proven clear enhancements in each space.
“Edo had a incredible season, actually sturdy, he was combating for the title till the very finish and there have been many instances over the season that I used to be racing each Venturi automobiles and I might see how aggressive they had been.”
Lucas di Grassi, Venturi Racing
Photograph by: Venturi
Though no particulars have been publicly disclosed in regards to the size of di Grassi’s contract, it’s prone to be solely a one-year settlement initially.
Ought to Abt assemble an entry in time for the Gen3 period starting in 2022-23, di Grassi would possible return.
Nato is but to agree a deal to renew his earlier function as Venturi’s reserve driver, however workforce principal Susie Wolff says she has given him permission to enter talks with different outfits.
His win at Tempelhof Airport got here too late final season to save lots of his seat because the double title-winning Mercedes buyer powertrain made Venturi Racing an more and more interesting prospect for drivers.
Wolff added: “Final season we demonstrated that now we have a powerful package deal.
“There have been many highlights all through the season beginning with a podium and ending with a win.
“Edo showcased to everybody what now we have recognized all alongside – that he’s a world championship contender.
“[He and Lucas] will push one another and drive us ahead as a workforce.
“To have each automobiles scoring factors in each race is crucial for us for the groups’ championship and with our new driver line-up, there’s rather a lot to really feel optimistic about.”