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Jacques Villeneuve leaves Venturi after three Formula E races

China ePrix Auto Racing

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve from Team Venturi steers his car on a chicane during the qualifying round of the Formula E Beijing ePrix auto race at the Olympic Park in Beijing, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


Former Formula 1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve has left the Venturi Formula E team after just three races.

Villeneuve made his full-time return to single-seaters with Venturi in a deal announced ahead of the first pre-season test in August 2015, partnering Stephane Sarrazin.

However, after struggling with a number of issues during testing, Villeneuve experienced no upturn in fortunes upon making his race debut at the start of the season.

The Canadian tangled with Antonio Felix da Costa in Beijing en route to finishing 14th and came 11th in Putrajaya. A qualifying crash prevented him from starting the last race in Punta del Este.

In a tweet sent from the Venturi team account on Friday, it was confirmed that Villeneuve had parted company with the team due to “a disagreement over the future direction of the team”.

Venturi confirmed that Villeneuve’s seat will be taken by former IndyCar driver and current FIA WEC racer Mike Conway until the end of the season.

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