The Venturi Formula E team have launched the very first driver academy aimed at bringing young drivers into electric motorsport and have revealed the names of the first drivers to join.
The team’s young driver academy, named Venturi NEXT GEN, will focus on developing young drivers and preparing them for electric motorsport.
Based around the team’s headquarters in Monaco, the first roster of drivers will be given time on Venturi’s simulator, mental and physical training programmes and tuition on the technical aspects of a Formula E car.
Venturi claim that candidates would be trained to eventually get behind the wheel of a Formula E car.
Eight drivers from a range of backgrounds – including eSports – have been selected for the academy, including the brother of Sauber Formula One driver Charles Leclerc, 17-year-old Arthur, who most recently competed in the French Formula 4 Championship.
“We want to help those with talent but who haven’t always had the means to get started. We have often given youth a chance in the past,” said Venturi’s president Gildo Pastor.
“For example, the VENTURI Formula E team development driver, Michael BENYAHIA, is just 17. For me, it was the logical next step to continue betting on youth by creating VENTURI NEXT GEN.”
Arthur Leclerc added: “I’m learning a lot with VENTURI NEXT GEN, physically and mentally. I train in the simulator, I’m learning to work with the engineers, and simulating Formula E race weekends. I also watch Edoardo and Maro at work.”
Other drivers added to the academy include GP3 race-winner Dorian Boccolacci, French F4 competitor Pierre-Louis Chovet and five-time eSport world champion Kevin Leaune.
Venturi NEXT GEN academy drivers:
- Louis IGLESIAS (9 years old / international karting)
- Pierre-Louis CHOVET (16 / F4 France)
- Benjamin CARTERY (14 / international karting)
- Arthur LECLERC (17 / F4 France)
- Dorian BOCCOLACCI (19 / GP 3)
- Maxime PAIN (21 / three-time e-sport world champion)
- Kevin LEAUNE (29 / five-time e-sport world champion)
- Gaétan GOARANT (29 / two-time e-sport world champion)