Maserati and ROKiT Venturi Racing have announced a multi-year partnership ahead of this weekend's Rome E-Prix double-header, which will see the Italian manufacturer and Monegasque Formula E team link up from Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
When it joins the fold from 2022/23 and the Gen3 era, Maserati will become the first Italian brand to compete in Formula E as it ends a 60-year hiatus from single-seater motorsport. The marque will unite with ROKiT Venturi Racing for the series' next generation, with the Gen3 set to be the fastest, lightest and most powerful and most sustainable electric single-seat race car yet.
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"Uniting with Maserati marks the start of a new chapter and represents the best possible outcome for the team following our successful partnership with Mercedes-EQ," says Susie Wolff, CEO & Managing Partner, ROKiT Venturi Racing.
“Being entrusted with the return of one of motorsport’s most recognisable brands to international single-seater competition underlines our success in recent seasons in which we have firmly established ourselves as a commercially viable, race-winning team that can seriously contend for championships.
"With this commitment, the team is now in a fantastic position to contest Formula E’s next generation of competition which will commence in 2023.”
ROKiT Venturi Racing heads the way in the Drivers' and Teams' World Championships on the way into Rome, and is looking to consolidate with a strong showing in the Italian capital. Season 7 was the team's best yet in Formula E, with two race wins and five podiums, while Edoardo Mortara finished runner-up in the Drivers' standings.
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“Returning to motorsport with Formula E was a natural choice for Maserati," says Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO. "We are driven by our passion and innovation and we’re happy to share this adventure with a partner that abides by the same values as we do and is looking ahead to the future, just like us. We share with the ROKiT Venturi Racing team the same determination and desire to compete and win on circuits all over the world”.
Scott Swid, Chairman & Managing Partner, ROKiT Venturi Racing, said: “Partnering with Maserati for Gen3 is brilliant news. It’s excellent for the team, for Maserati and Formula E, but above all else, it’s fantastic news for the fans who will witness the return of an iconic marque to top-tier motorsport.
"Not only does this establish strong foundations for our long-term future in Formula E, but it also marks one of the most exciting stories in international sport in which a prestigious brand is returning to its roots by joining the most progressive and fastest-growing form of motorsport.”
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Jean-Marc Finot, Senior VP, STELLANTIS Motorsport, added: We are delighted to partner Formula E Maserati with ROKiT Venturi Racing, one of the most competitive teams in the championship. It is a real asset for Maserati to rely on Venturi expertise.
"We think that the collaboration of Maserati design skills and Venturi racing capabilities and experience will deliver a very efficient package. Our common DNA and passion for performance will unite the team.