Massa first announced his retirement from F1 in 2016 but signed up for one last season in 2017 when Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes and a seat became open at Williams. He hung up his racing boots with 1,167 points, 41 podiums and 11 wins in F1, but will now make his debut in the all-electric series later this year when season five gets underway.
Venturi has been in Formula E since the inaugural 2014/2015 season and has scored three podiums in that time.
“I’m very happy to be joining the Venturi Formula E Team and the ABB FIA Formula E championship, which has become a magnificent competition in such a short space of time,” Massa said in a short statement released by Formula E on Twitter.
Formula E is now in its fourth season of competition and has used the same single-make chassis since its inception in 2014. For the 2018/2019 season a new-look car will be raced for the first time and will coincide with a step forward in battery technology that will allow drivers to complete a full race distance without the need for a car swap midway through.