Former Formula 1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve has left the Venturi Formula E team after just three races.
Villeneuve made his full-time return to single-seaters with Venturi in a deal announced ahead of the first pre-season test in August 2015, partnering Stephane Sarrazin.
However, after struggling with a number of issues during testing, Villeneuve experienced no upturn in fortunes upon making his race debut at the start of the season.
The Canadian tangled with Antonio Felix da Costa in Beijing en route to finishing 14th and came 11th in Putrajaya. A qualifying crash prevented him from starting the last race in Punta del Este.
In a tweet sent from the Venturi team account on Friday, it was confirmed that Villeneuve had parted company with the team due to “a disagreement over the future direction of the team”.
Venturi confirmed that Villeneuve’s seat will be taken by former IndyCar driver and current FIA WEC racer Mike Conway until the end of the season.
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.