Mike Conway Replaces Villeneuve at Venturi Formula E

Effective today, race-winning IndyCar and Toyota WEC driver Mike Conway will be replacing former Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion Jaques Villeneuve for the remaining eight rounds of the all-electric 2015/16 Formula E championship, following confirmation of Villeneuve’s departure.


Venturi Formula E Race Car


Venturi is a top team in Formula E so it’s great to be able to join them,” said Conway, about the move back to single-seaters. “The series is innovative and quite unique. It is quickly growing momentum, and it’s attractive to a lot of manufacturers to showcase their technologies. So, it is exciting to be a part of this series.”

Conway will partner Stephane Sarrazin in Formula E- who also happens to be his teammate at Toyota in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) series. The powers that be at Venturi are hoping Conway’s pre-existing relationship with Sarrazin and the fact that they’re already used to driving similarly prepared cars will make the transition from Villeneuve as painless as a mid-season driver switch can be.

Additionally, Formula E features a number of street circuits- which have historically suited Conway in other series. “I have always liked street circuits,” said Conway, who has won the Macau Grand Prix, as well as IndyCar street races at Detroit, Toronto, and Long Beach. “They are very challenging compared to a normal circuit. They are normally very bumpy and have different grip levels throughout the lap so they are a lot of fun.”

Here’s hoping Mike does at least as well in Formula E as he has in IndyCar and WEC- and here’s to Formula E, for scoring yet another talented driver in the prime of his career!


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Jo Borrás

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