Venturi retains Norman Nato and Arthur Leclerc as test/reserve drivers
Venturi Racing has confirmed that Norman Nato and Arthur Leclerc will reprise their roles for Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as the marque's test and reserve drivers.
Nato, who joined the Monegasque outfit in the run-up to Season 5, will remain in his role as the team's reserve driver while Leclerc - brother of Charles - will be the team's test driver, building upon his 2018/19 role with the team in which he participated in Formula E's official rookie test in Marrakesh.
“I am very happy to continue with the team," said Nato, who currently races in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion.
"We had a good first year together. We have done well, we have improved, but there are still areas where we need to improve. We will benefit together from this first year of experience and build on our solid foundations. It will be a very interesting year, whether in the simulator or on the track during the tests in Marrakesh."
Leclerc, who secured third place in ADAC F4 in 2019, highlighted his role with the team as rewarding and is excited to continue working with Venturi for Season 6.
“I am very happy to continue my journey with Venturi," he said. "This role as a development driver is an evolution from last season, which gives me particular pleasure.
"My first year with them was very rewarding. Every minute spent in the simulator has been valuable in terms of learning. As for the work on the track, it was also very interesting.
"In both cases, I discovered the many specificities of the discipline, which was very instructive. I will do my best to help the team to make our Monegasque anthem resound on the Formula E podiums."
Team Principal Susie Wolff added: "It was a straightforward decision to retain Norman and Arthur as our Reserve and Test drivers for the coming season.
"Both provided valuable feedback during the Marrakesh test and also in the simulator, which has played an important role in our Season 6 preparations.
"Norman continues to prove his ability with some strong performances in WEC, while Arthur's maiden F4 campaign yielded some impressive results.
"Norman and Arthur have become an important part of the team and this extension of our working relationship is a well-deserved recognition of their ongoing contribution."