Nick Heidfeld and Stephane Sarrazin have been announced as the latest drivers to commit to the FIA Formula E Championship, the pair being signed by the Venturi team.

One of the most experienced drivers to have ever participated in Formula 1 having started 183 races over a career spanning 11 years, Heidfeld embarks on a new chapter with his switch to the new all-electric Formula E series.

Since his F1 career ended in 2011, Heidfeld has focused mostly on sportscar racing, recently finishing fourth in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours with the privateer Rebellion Racing team, but the German is looking forward to getting back to single-seater competition.

"It's new, and new means exciting. It feels really special to be part of a starting project that is going to bring a lot to the future of racing and the automobile. I remember when I was young and starting in karting, sustainable development was not in people's mind.

"When you've been involved in driving and motorsport at a high level for such a long time, you step into a car and automatically start to compare to what you've experienced before. I will try to bring some ideas of what I've seen and experienced to help the team perform at the highest level.

"The team will work as one to find solutions: that's what I like, to move forward. Working on a car is really interesting and very satisfying when you achieve winning results."

Sarrazin, meanwhile, also comes with F1 experience from his days as a test driver and he has enjoyed success in World Rally Championship competition, though he is best-known as one of the world's best sportscar drivers having finished on the Le Mans podium on four occasions.

Indeed, though Sarrazin hasn't raced a single-seater for many years, he says his experience of driving a hybrid sportscar taps into the concept of driving any car that has energy conservation as its core.

"Being a part of this new championship is amazing. I am excited and motivated to sit in a totally new car with pioneering technology and to undertake a new discipline. In addition, street circuits promise a lot of close competition and fights between good drivers.

"You have to perform to make people dream. It's a great way to raise awareness of electric vehicles. I have three years' of experience in hybrid vehicle competition, which introduces the concept of being efficient in saving energy and the FIA Formula E Championship takes this to another level.

"This is something very important and I want to build on my experience. I am proud to race for Venturi, a renowned pioneer in electric vehicles. This is the future."

Venturi is the fourth team to confirm its full Formula E driver line-up, along with Virgin Racing (Jaime Alguersuari and Sam Bird), Audi Sport Abt (Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi) and Mahindra Racing (Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok), while Andretti Autosport (Franck Montagny) and the recently formed TrulliGP (Jarno Trulli) have named one driver.

The Monaco-based company is a leader in high performance electric sports cars, will offer to supply technology to the teams participating in the championship in season two, including Venturi. Venturi Automobiles is the current holder of the FIA world land speed record for an electric vehicle with 495kph (307mph in 2010) and will attempt a new world speed record this summer.

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