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Felipe Massa joins Formula-E

Legendary Brazilian Formula One racer Felipe Massa has signed a three-year contract with Venturi, putting his future firmly in Formula E.

Massa retired from Formula One a year ago, calling time on an illustrious 15-year career, in which he won 11 Grand Prix, cementing himself as one of Formula 1’s greats.

The 31-year-old will join Venturi (which is part-owned by actor Leonardo DiCaprio) from the start of the 2018-19 season.

Speaking after signing the contract, Massa said, "I'm very happy to be joining the Venturi Formula E Team and the Formula E championship, which has become a magnificent competition in such a short space of time."

He continued, "For some years now, I've been clear about my interest in this innovative, forward-looking discipline that's developing exponentially.”

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Massa isn’t the only person excited about the future, with Venturi’s President saying, "I needed him, his experience, his speed, and his openness. Felipe’s 15 years’ experience in Formula 1 will definitely give us a boost.”

Massa joins Formula E at an exciting time, with Season 5 being the first to introduce the new Gen2 car, which will have a top speed of 280kph.

Massa is just one of many ex-Formula One racers to go electric, marking a very exciting time for the sport.

One of the most accelerative cars on the road is also among the most relaxing. Who saw that coming?"

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