Susie Wolff has been promoted to CEO of the Venturi Formula E Team
Jerome D'Ambrosio has also been promoted to Team Principal
There have been quite a few reshuffles, both in terms of drivers and of team staff, in the build-up to the 2021-22 season of the Formula E World Championship. One of the highest-profile reshuffles that happened recently took place at Rokit Venturi Racing. Susie Wolff has been moved up the hierarchy at the team, taking on the position of CEO! Her former position of Team Principal has been filled by an internal promotion; former driver Jerome D'Ambrosio will make the move from his former role as Deputy Team Principal. This change in the organisation of the team follows the installation of the team's new ownership under Scott Swid, which took place in December 2020.
During her time as Team Principal, Wolff oversaw the team's most successful season to date in Formula E. Season 7 saw the team gain two race wins, 5 podiums and a second-place finish in the drivers' championship from former driver Edo Mortara. Mortara finished only 7 points behind championship winner Nyck De Vries, who was driving for Venturi's powertrain supplier Mercedes. Wolff also oversaw the signing of Formula E veteran Lucas Di Grassi to the team, securing his future in the series after Audi's departure as a factory team.
Perhaps most importantly though, Wolff has been a key factor in bringing about changes related to diversity and inclusivity within the team. Venturi prominently displayed support for LGBTQIA+ rights on their cars during Season 7, as well as actively getting involved in campaigns related to that and campaigns to get women more involved in motorsport. With Wolff still being very actively involved in the team as the CEO, this is likely to continue on into the future.
"Since taking on this role in 2018, I have experienced a great sense of pride and achievement from how we have gone from strength to strength as an organisation," Wolff said in an official statement. "Since joining the team last year, Jerome has made a positive impact and I know that I’m leaving the team operations in very capable hands as Formula E advances towards its third generation of competition in Season 9."
"I’m grateful to the team for entrusting me with this opportunity," D'Ambrosio said in a statement of his own. "As Susie’s successor as team principal, I know that I have big shoes to fill and I’m someone who has always relished a new challenge. Over the past 12 months, I have learnt a lot from Susie, and I believe that together, we will continue to make an incredibly strong team. This team dynamic resulted in us achieving our most successful campaign to date which is a fantastic foundation to build upon for the future."
"With Edo and Lucas in the car next season, and after our form from Season 7, the whole team is feeling positive and very motivated to get back out on track, working together towards another successful championship," D'Ambrosio concluded.