The latest in the first search for a Maserati Formula E driver

The current ROKiT Venturi team that will move into the Maserati entry later this year has yet to choose its 2023 driver lineup, but the crash between Edoardo Mortara and Lucas di Grassi at the Monaco EPrix last month won’t affect its options.

Team principal Jerome D’Ambrosio told The Race that the incident between the duo last month had been “remedied” and the team “turned the page” to “focus on Berlin” this week.

Two Venturi drivers collided in the closing stages of the Monaco E-Prix when the reinforced Mercedes Mortara was attacked with a final puncture after exiting a tunnel. The accident prompted Mortara to describe his teammate as the “Butcher of Formula E”.

The fallout from this episode – which D’Ambrosio described as “one of those things where it is unacceptable” – was dealt with by the team on Tuesday after Monaco.

Di Grassi has long been believed to have a deal elsewhere for next season which means that Team Venturi, which will become Maserati’s official entry through its ownership by Stellantis Group, is talking to several drivers about a seat beside Mortara.

One such driver is known to be Antonio Giovinazzi, who has been employed by his colleagues from the Stellantis Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands for several years.

Giovinazzi has so far struggled from his debut season in Formula E, netting the highest netted 19th and finishing 16th in the Monaco E-Prix last month.

His current Dragon Penske team is set to confirm a new alliance with Stellantis-owned automaker DS for 2023, although it is believed to have already taken over double champion Jean-Eric Vergne and recent Monaco winner Stoffel Vandoorne.

Giovinazzi could now join Mortara at Maserati although several other drivers are being closely scrutinized by team boss Jerome D’Ambrosio and other senior staff.

D’Ambrosio told The Race that the team is “not 100%” consistent in its squad for next season, although he added that “to be clear, there are a lot of things going on in the driver market right now and we’re part of that”.

“I think a lot of teams are in the mix with some moves and we haven’t finalized our squad yet for next year. That’s not a constant thing.”

Dembrosio, a two-time E-Prix winner, also confirmed that Maserati was particularly involved in the choice of the driver, saying: “It’s a strong partnership that we have with them. So of course, there is a discussion with them, we discuss together how we want to move things forward.”

“There is still some time left. We will work with Maserati and try to find the best solution for us.”

Expanding on how the team handled the situation in Monaco among the drivers, D’Ambrosio said his racing experience has been instrumental in managing the expected flare-up between De Grassi and Mortara.

D’Ambrosio himself has faced similar scenarios in his driving career, notably in Buenos Aires in 2017 when he clashed with fellow Dragon teammate, Loic Duval.

Jerome D'Ambrosio Venturi Formula E

“The dynamic of the race team is very interesting, because you have employees and full-time people working in the company for the best interest of that company,” D’Ambrosio said.

“Then you have the dynamics where you deal with the drivers who work for the team – but they obviously want to work for themselves.

“But the dynamic in the game makes for a high chance of accidents at some point, we’ve seen it across the driving line here in Formula E that are sometimes addressed among your teammates.

“Essentially we need to work together as a team and do everything we can to make sure the drivers understand that there is a bigger picture.

“But instinctively, we all know what they’re made of. So that’s the turn to deal with that.”

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