After two years at Mahindra Racing and six years in Formula E, Jérôme d’Ambrosio has decided to hang up his helmet in favor of a management role as deputy team director at Venturi Racing.
Jerome d’Ambrosio raced for Mahindra Racing from 2018 to late 2020
Former Mahindra Racing driver Jerome d’Ambrosio has announced his retirement from professional driving and will join the Formula E Venturi Racing team as deputy team manager. The Belgian racing driver started his Formula E career with the inaugural season in 2014 with Dragon Racing and then joined Mahindra Racing in 2018. However, the team announced at the end of Season 6 earlier this year that it Jerome would let go. as a new driver was announced for season 7. Jerome had not announced his plan since, until now.
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Reflecting on his career, Jerome d’Ambrosio said: “My driving experience over the past 26 years has undeniably shaped me as a person and when I decided after Berlin to hang up my helmet I knew I was wanted to stay involved in I am still a very competitive person. That thirst for winning doesn’t leave you when you decide to get out of the car, and I want to put that passion to good use. ”
He added, “When Susie and I started talking about my first step into a management role, I knew in my gut that the opportunity was perfect for me. It’s time for a new challenge and I have a lot to learn, but I know I will learn from one of the best and can’t wait to see what lies ahead. “
Jérôme d’Ambrosio has managed to secure three victories in his Formula E career and has only missed one race in the sport due to a missed start in the second Diriyah e-Prix last season. The driver’s career in motorsport began in 1997 with karting and continued in Formula Renault, Euroseries 3000, GP2 Series and then in Formula 1. He joined F1 as a reserve driver for Renault in 2010 and joined Virgin Racing for the 2011 season. In 2012, he joined the Lotus F1 team as a reserve driver for a single season.
It competed in the Blancpain Endurance Series GT Championship in 2014 and got the call to Formula E at the end of the same year for the inaugural electric championship season. D’Ambrosio started with Dragon Racing from 2014 to 2018, before joining Mahindra Racing until the end of this year. D’Ambrosio will report to Team Director Susie Wolff in Venturi with riders Norman Nato and Edoardo Mortara ready to race for the team from January 2021.
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Speaking about D’Ambrosio’s appointment, Wolff said: “When I took on the role of team leader in July 2018, one of my main areas of focus was ensuring that we have the right people in the right roles. Naturally, as we evolve as a team, our needs change and grow. Jerome taking on the role of Deputy Team Manager will serve to strengthen the team – he will play a central role with our team of pilots and engineering and act as my right hand in Monaco. I know what it’s like hanging up your headphones and I also know how important the next move is at any pivotal point in a person’s career. Like Jerome, I’m someone who follows his instincts and I think we’re going to move a fantastic team forward. ”
Meanwhile, Mahindra Racing has already announced that Alexander Sims will join the team for the 2020/21 campaign, while Alex Lynn, who stepped in mid-season Pascal Wehrlein, will likely be retained next year. The team has yet to make an official announcement for the same, however.
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