Formula E’s New Year, New Line-Up: Villeneuve and Berthon depart teams

Jacques Villeneuve Venturi Pre-Season Testing
FIA Formula E Championship 2015/16. Pre-season Testing Session Two. Jacques Villeneuve (CAN)
Photo: Adam Warner / LAT / FE

Two Formula E teams start the new year with a bit of a makeover and a change to their driver line-up.

The big-name-coup of the series, Jacques Villeneuve, departs after he and Venturi “agreed to end their relationship early by mutual consent”. He finished 14th in Beijing and 11th in Putrajaya, however was unable to participate in Punta del Este after suffering a crash in qualifying.

He will be replaced by British driver Mike Conway, who previously tested for Dragon Racing before the inaugural FE season.

Venturi is a top team in Formula E so it’s great to be able to join. The series is innovative and quite unique. It is quickly growing momentum and it’s attractive to a lot of manufacturers to showcase their technologies, so it’s exciting to be a part of the series.”

Nathanael Berthon and Team Aguri also go their separate ways ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix. Unlike Villeneuve, Berthon intends to remain in Formula E and hopes to be racing at the Paris ePrix on 23rd April;

“I am determined, more than ever, to continue my career in Formula E and I would like to thank Team Aguri for giving me a start in the series.”

Team Aguri are yet to decide on a replacement for Berthon. The team is currently sixth in the championship after an 8th place finish for Berthon in Beijing and his team-mate, Antonio Felix da Costa, scoring two sixth-place finishes in Putrajaya and Punta del Este.

Team Principal, Mark Preston, said, “We would like to thank Nathanael for his dedication to the team and wish him the very best in his future Formula E career.”

New rules introduced for season two permit teams up to two driver changes per car. These will be the first of up to six changes Team Aguri and Venturi can make to the driver line-up.

Mahindra is the only other team to change their line up so far, with Oliver Rowland drafted in to replace the injured Nick Heidfeld in Punta del Este.

Formula E returns on Saturday 6th February for the Buenos Aires ePrix. FanBoost is now open.

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