Former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve says it was an easy decision to sign up for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship after sampling the car for the first time.

The Canadian, winner of the 1997 F1 world championship, will return to full-time single seater competition for the first time in a decade when he lines up with the Venturi team for the 2015/16 all-electric series in October.

Having only dabbled in a handful of motorsport series' since retiring from F1, including NASCAR and Rallycross, Villeneuve will join Formula E just as it opens up the regulations to encourage self-developed powertrains. Indeed, Villeneuve says he watched the inaugural season closely and was excited to test the car.

"I followed the season closely, it's very exciting racing and a very professional series," told the official Formula E website. "There are big names, whether it's teams or drivers, throughout the field and the car, along with the electric technology, is very intricate.

"It started with a test basically, I was in Hungary at the Formula 1 doing TV commentary and on Saturday I got a call asking me to test the Venturi car. So I was supposed to go to Canada but had to change my plans! Whenever you get the chance to sit in a race car you have to say yes."

Getting his first miles behind the Venturi VM200-FE-01 at Donington Park, Villeneuve felt immediately at home.

"I got in the car and immediately enjoyed it," he said. "It drove like a proper single-seater and I was happily surprised by the feeling in the car and the team atmosphere was great. So it was an easy decision to do the full season. It's a series that will keep getting faster and if you look at the rest of the racing world they try to make them slower, so that's definitely a positive."

"The aim is to be competitive and we'll see where we are in Beijing. Some guys look quite quick already with the new technology but this is not a holiday, I'm here to compete."