Jacques Villeneuve leaves Venturi Formula E team

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    • Jacques Villeneuve exits Venturi Formula E team
    • Former F1 champion replaced by Mike Conway

    (CNN)The Venturi Formula E team has announced that former Indycar Series driver Mike Conway will race at the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 6 after the unexpected departure of star driver Jacques Villeneuve.

    Villeneuve's exit was announced by Venturi, which is part owned by Oscar nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio, on Friday.
      A statement on the team's website read that there had been disagreement with the 1997 Formula 1 champion "over the future direction of the team."
      A further statement then confirmed that 32-year-old Englishman Conway, who also previously tested for the Dragon Racing Formula E team, would be on the grid in Argentina in place of 44-year-old Canadian.
      Villeneuve joined the Venturi in August 2015 and participated in the first 3 rounds of the 2015-2016 Formula E season.
      Speaking to CNN earlier in January he had spoken of his excitement at being involved in Formula E.
      In his first three races, however, he failed to secure any points.
      He was involved in a collision at the opening race of the season in China, there were pit-stop problems in Malaysia and a crash in qualifying put him out of the Uruguay ePrix.
      Speaking to reporters at the Punta del Este circuit in Uruguay he said of his early outings in Formula E: "on paper it looks crap."