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Wolff says appointment as Venturi team principal is ‘perfect’ step

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Susie Wolff has described her appointment as Team Principal of Venturi as the “perfect next step” in her career.

The Scot retired as a racing driver at the end of 2015 after a career in DTM and a stint as development driver for Williams Martini Racing.

And she said that after her retirement she wanted to continue her career in competitive racing, and that the offer from Venturi CEO Gildo Pastor to take over the reins at the Venturi team was an ideal option.

Wolff said, “When I decided to stop as a professional driver in 2015, I knew that I wanted to continue with the challenge of competitive racing, just not behind the wheel.

“You can’t just switch off your competitive instincts when you stop driving and that determination and desire to achieve still burns brightly inside me.

“I took time to carefully decide the right direction for that challenge and I have now found the perfect next step.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gildo, who is rightly recognised as a pioneer in electric automobiles and who saw the potential of the series from the very beginning.

“He has built a strong team that has earned its place on the Formula E grid and features many talented people who I’m excited to work with.

She added, “Formula E is the perfect environment for this step into team management: it is full of potential, breaking the mould for traditional racing series, and the series is enjoying an exciting phase of expansion at the moment.”

Wolff will take over at Venturi from next month’s season finale in New York.

She’ll also be linking up with former Williams team-mate Felipe Massa when he joins the team next year.

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