Conway replaces Villeneuve at Venturi

Mike Conway has replaced 1997 Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve at the Venturi Formula E team ahead of the Buenos Aires round on February 6.

The driver change was confirmed by Venturi on Twitter saying a “disagreement over the future direction of the team”.

This all means that Conway will step into the current Formula E campaign and compete in the remaining eight races of the championship.

The British driver’s previous experience in a Formula E car was when doing tests in 2014 for the Dragon Racing team.

Villeneuve leaves the Venturi team having failed to score a point after the first three races of the season.

In an interview, Conway said that he was was excited to be joining a top team in Formula E like Venturi.

“Venturi is a top team in Formula E so it’s great to be able to join. The series is innovative and quite unique.

“It is quickly growing momentum and it’s attractive to a lot of manufacturers to showcase their technologies, so it’s exciting to be a part of the series.”

Conway has won races on a number of street circuits recently, including victories at Macau, Monaco and Long Beach.

“I have always liked street tracks. They are normally very bumpy and there are different grip levels throughout the lap so they are a lot of fun,” he added.

Team founder of Venturi, Gildo Pastor said they were proud to have Conway on board for the rest of the season.

“We are proud to welcome Mike who is a born competitor. He is already involved with several international championships including WEC and IndyCar with several victories.”