After just three races since joining the Venturi Formula E team in August 2015, Jacques Villeneuve has ended his time with Formula E. The announcement comes after, “a disagreement over the future direction of the team.” The decision was met mutually and there is reportedly no discord between the ex-Formula One 1997 Champion and the Monegasque team as they go their separate ways.
Villeneuve had failed to score any points for the team in the first three races, although these were early races in the ten-race season considering their all new un-race proven powertrain. Villeneuve finished 14th at the Beijing ePrix, 11th at the Putrajaya ePrix and was unable to start the Punta del Este ePrix after suffering damage to his car during qualifying.
Replacing Villeneuve in car number 32 is Mike Conway. He said:
“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, its exciting to be a part of the series.”
Mike will join Stephane Sarrazin, who is already a teammate of Mike’s in the WEC series with Toyota.