Former CART and Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve will race with Venturi GP in the second season of the FIA Formula E championship.
Following a successful test in France last week, Villeneuve has been announced as one of the team’s drivers for the upcoming season. He will partner Stephane Sarrazin, who is retained following season one.
Villeneuve has not raced full-time since he parted company with BMW halfway through the 2006 F1 season, but was last in a single-seater for the 2014 Indy 500 where he finished 14th for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
“This is the first time in several years that I will participate in a full championship,” Villeneuve said.
“I am excited because the atmosphere while working alongside the Venturi team is great and that has a very big influence. Also I know Stephane Sarrazin well, we trust each other.
“It had been ten years since I had driven on that kind of track with a single-seater, but it’s like riding a bike, you never forget. It was real happiness. There was a very good ambiance with the Venturi team and one of the engineers with Venturi happens to be a guy I worked with early in my career.”
Sarrazin was pleased to confirm that he would be remaining in Formula E for the second season, having finished 14th in the standings for the 2014-2015 campaign.
“My wish was to continue with Venturi, so I’m very happy with this situation,” Sarrazin said.
“We made tremendous progress throughout the first season. Our experience there must be put to good use in this new championship season. We have to demonstrate our capabilities.”
Villeneuve’s arrival does leave Nick Heidfeld without a seat as things stand, but a number of drives still remain open ahead of the second Formula E season.