Massa to Race For­mula E Start­ing Next Sea­son

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LON­DON (Dis­patches) - For­mer Fer­rari ace Felipe Massa has signed a three-year deal to race For­mula E start­ing in the 2018-2019 sea­son, his new Ven­turi team said on Tues­day.

“To­day I am start­ing a new phase in my ca­reer, I just signed with Ven­turi GP team to race next sea­son,” the 37-year-old Brazil­ian said on Twit­ter.

Massa looked set to join Jaguar’s E team be­fore ex­tend­ing his For­mula 1 con­tract with Wil­liams to the end of 2017 when Valt­teri Bot­tas joined Mercedes.

“The con­tract be­tween Felipe Massa and Ven­turi For­mula E Team is for three years,” said Ven­turi, owned by Monaco real es­tate mag­nate Gildo Pas­tor.

“For some years now, I’ve been clear about my in­ter­est in this in­no­va­tive, for­ward-look­ing dis­ci­pline,” Massa said.

“I es­pe­cially like the for­mat of race meet­ings, the city-cen­tre cir­cuits and the con­tact with the fans,” added Massa, who be­gins test­ing next month. “Gildo (Pas­tor) has al­ways been a step ahead when it comes to high per­for­mance elec­tric­ity ve­hi­cles.” Massa raced For­mula 1 for 15 years and was run­ner up in the world cham­pi­onship in 2008. In its third sea­son, there are now eleven For­mula E races -- us­ing fully elec­tric cars -- in cities such as New York, Hong Kong and Paris.

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