VENTURI RACING EXTENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH NORMAN NATO AND ARTHUR LECLERC
Rising stars to continue in Reserve and Test driver roles for Season 6
At the dawn of Formula E’s opening weekend of competition, Venturi Racing is pleased to announce the continuation of its relationship with Norman Nato and Arthur Leclerc for Season 6.
The team’s support for Norman and Arthur is an endorsement of the continued progression the French-Monegasque pairing have made since joining the team, with the duo playing an important role in the preparations for the upcoming Formula E campaign.
Born to Drive
Becoming the ‘Minime’ French Karting Champion in 2004 before winning the French Championship in the ‘Cadet’ class one year later, Norman Nato was born to drive and has gone from strength to strength in his motor racing career.
Entering professional motorsport in 2006, Norman holds an impressive record in single-seaters, finishing as runner-up in F4 Eurocup 1.6 [two wins, eight podiums] and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps [four wins, eight podiums].
Norman entered the GP2 Series [now Formula 2] in 2015 where he competed for three seasons, notching three victories and eight further podiums to finish in fifth in the 2016 running of the championship.
Joining Venturi Racing ahead of Season 5 as the Reserve Driver of Monaco’s only racing team, Norman made his Formula E debut in the championship’s official rookie test in Marrakesh, where he recorded the 10th-fastest time. Norman will remain in this role for Season 6.
A home-grown talent, born and raised in the Principality of Monaco, Arthur Leclerc is a natural fit with the Monegasque identity and DNA of Venturi Racing.
An exciting young prospect on the motor racing ladder, Arthur stepped up to single-seater racing in 2018 following successes in karting by competing in the French Formula 4 Championship.
Recording two wins and one pole position to finish fifth overall in his debut season, Arthur advanced his experience in 2019 by mounting a championship challenge in ADAC F4, taking third in the Drivers’ Championship at the close of the season, securing one victory and a further seven podiums.
A familiar face at Venturi having completed simulator work with the team since Season 4, Arthur proved his competence in Formula E’s Gen2 machinery in its Season 5 official rookie test in Marrakesh. As Test Driver, Arthur will advance his already extensive experience in all-electric racing machinery for Season 6.
In Their Words
Susie Wolff, Team Principal, Venturi Racing
“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.”
Norman Nato, Reserve Driver, Venturi Racing:
“I am very happy to continue with the team. 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.”
Arthur Leclerc, Test Driver, Venturi Racing:
“I am very happy to continue my journey with Venturi. 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.”