ROKiT Venturi Racing reveals Season 7 driver line-up
THE PERFECT PAIRING
Ahead of Formula E’s first campaign as an FIA World Championship, ROKiT Venturi Racing is pleased to name Edoardo Mortara and Norman Nato as its drivers for the 2020/21 season.
Season 7 will mark Edo’s fourth with Monaco’s only racing team while the marque builds upon its long-standing connections with the 28-year-old Frenchman, Norman, who has served as the outfit’s Reserve Driver since 2018.
A FRESH YET FAMILIAR FACE
With two Rookie Test appearances in Marrakesh and countless hours of critical simulator time, Norman is an experienced and familiar face to ROKiT Venturi Racing, making his step up to the race seat a seamless one.
Since entering professional motorsport in 2006, Norman has moved from strength to strength in his career, finishing as the runner-up in F4 Eurocup 1.6 [two wins, eight podiums] and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps [four wins, eight podiums].
An impressive 2014 season – in which the Frenchman took a dominant victory in Monaco in Formula Renault 3.5 – allowed Norman to progress to GP2 [now Formula 2] where he took three wins and eight podiums in three seasons, registering fifth overall in 2016.
Most recently, Norman has finished third in both the 2018 European Le Mans Series and the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship, while also finishing in second place at the 88th running of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
YOUTH MEETS EXPERIENCE
The 2020/21 campaign will mark Edo’s fourth consecutive year with the team, building upon what has been a successful and fruitful collaboration to date.
With one victory and three further podium finishes, the Swiss-Italian is the Monegasque marque’s most decorated driver while also becoming its most capped in 2020.
ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Season 7 driver line-up pairs youth with experience as it prepares for Formula E’s World Championship year which commences on January 16, 2021, in Santiago, Chile.
IN THEIR WORDS
Norman Nato, ROKiT Venturi Racing Driver
“I’ve been a part of the ROKiT Venturi Racing family since 2018, so to secure a full-time race seat with the team for Season 7 is a great step forward and I can’t wait to show what we can achieve together. Over the past two years, we have built very solid foundations and we share the same bright ambitions for the future. I would like to thank Susie [Wolff] and the team for believing in my abilities and giving me this opportunity to race in the FIA Formula E World Championship. I’m very excited to hit the ground running in Santiago this January.”
Edoardo Mortara, ROKiT Venturi Racing Driver
“I’m excited to continue my journey with ROKiT Venturi Racing into Season 7 of the FIA Formula E World Championship. There have been some real highlights over the past four years and I’m very keen to see what we can do together moving forward into this next stage of the team’s development. Santiago is a special place for me and I know that by the time January comes around, we will be in a better position to challenge our rivals. We saw some real promise during the first few races of Season 6 and although the season didn’t finish the way we wanted it to, we’ve put a lot of work in since then and I know we’re all hungry to get back out on track. I’m really happy to welcome Norman to his new role with the team – he’s earned it and I’m looking forward to working more closely with him. Working together, I hope that we will deliver some strong results in what is a landmark year for both the team and the championship.”
Susie Wolff, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal
“As our Reserve Driver Norman has proven his ability at every available opportunity, not only showing speed during in-season testing but also demonstrating clear commitment to his role in our simulator. The decision to promote him to a full time race seat is indicative of his contribution to the team so far – he has earned the opportunity to show us what he can do behind the wheel. Season 7 will be Edo’s fourth with the team and we hope that his experience in the series combined with Norman’s ability and determination will make for a formidable pairing. Season 7 marks Formula E’s first campaign as a World Championship and we’re very much looking forward to hitting the track in Santiago next year.”
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