The Principality of Monaco’s first and only motorsport team, ROKiT Venturi Racing, has announced that their test driver Norman Nato will join Edoardo Mortara as a first team driver for the 2021 season. The 28 year-old Frenchman was a natural choice for the team to replace motorsport legend Felippe Massa as the Brazilian made the surprise decision to conclude his Formula-E career at the end of the sport’s sixth season.

Nato has already amassed experience with the Monegasque racing outfit, having been a test driver since 2018. Beyond the recently established world of Formula-E, the Frenchman has multiple GP2 victories under his belt and finished a respectable second place in the 88th edition of the highly prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’ve been a part of the ROKiT Venturi Racing family since 2018, so to secure a full-time race seat with the team for Season 7 is a great step forward and I can’t wait to show what we can achieve together,” said Nato, adding that “Over the past two years, we have built very solid foundations and we share the same bright ambitions for the future.”

Season seven of Formula E will begin with a bang on January 16, 2021 in Santiago, Chile. Norman Nato will join the podium-topping Edoardo Mortara and the Swiss-Italian seems to be looking forward to starting the upcoming season with his new teammate.

Team Principal Susie Wolff had kind words for her newly-promoted driver; “The decision to promote him to a full-time race seat is indicative of his contribution to the team so far – he has earned the opportunity to show us what he can do behind the wheel.” She then added that “Season 7 will be Edo’s fourth with the team and we hope that his experience in the series combined with Norman’s ability and determination will make for a formidable pairing. Season 7 marks Formula E’s first campaign as a World Championship and we’re very much looking forward to hitting the track in Santiago next year.”

Featured image: Norman Nato poses in the Casino Square of Monte Carlo