BERLIN, Germany – Nissan Formula E Team finished outside the points in both races at the Berlin E-Prix double header despite strong recovery drives from Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato.
Following two difficult qualifying sessions on the Tempelhof Airport Circuit, both drivers fought back well despite not having the full planned upgrade package. Supported with good strategy from the team, Franco-Argentine racer Fenestraz finished 12th and 11th on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with Frenchman Nato 13th and 16th.
Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship continues on 6 May for the Monaco E-Prix.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: "It was a difficult weekend for us. Unfortunately we weren't able to bring all the upgrades planned for this event and that's what we think made a major difference compared to other teams. In both races, our strategy was good and the drivers performed well, which makes our lack of pace even more frustrating. We've got a lot to analyze and learn, and hopefully in Monaco we will come back stronger and set a positive trend since the start of the season."
Norman Nato: "We were very good in terms of energy management this weekend, but unfortunately we were missing a bit of performance, which kept us out of the points. Our strategy was good, but we had too much tire degradation. We're still working hard to improve at every event, and we'll take what we've learned in Berlin and in the first half of the season to be more competitive in Monaco."
Sacha Fenestraz: "It was a tough weekend, both races were chaotic and we were able to get close to the points. We found ourselves in a difficult situation in qualifying but we learned a lot and put in two good performances in the races. Energy management was really key and we did that well, which is why we moved through the field. We need to be realistic, we've come a long way since the start of the season but of course everybody else is also improving so we have to keep working hard to come back stronger and fight for a better result in Monaco."
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About Nissan in Formula E
Nissan made its all-electric racing debut in Season 5 (2018/19) of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, becoming the first and only Japanese manufacturer to enter the series.
In Season 7 (2020/21), Nissan announced its long-term involvement in Formula E and its commitment to the Gen3 era, which will run from Season 9 (2022/23) through to the end of Season 12 (2025/26) of the all-electric racing series.
In April 2022, Nissan acquired the e.dams race team, with the Japanese automaker taking full ownership of its involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
In June 2022, Nissan announced it would supply its Nissan EV powertrain technology to McLaren Racing for the entirety of the Formula E Gen3 era. For Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Nissan Formula E drivers will be Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz.
Nissan races in Formula E to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify every all-new vehicle offering by the early 2030s in key markets. The Japanese automaker aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the racetrack and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
About Formula E
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship became the first global sport to be certified with a net zero carbon footprint from inception back in 2020, having invested in certified climate-protecting projects in all race markets to offset emissions from every season of electric racing. All cars in the championship are powered by electricity, with the series acting as a competitive platform to test and develop the latest in electric technology.
The World's greatest manufacturers race against each other on street circuits and Formula E promotes the adoption of sustainable mobility in city centres in a bid to combat air pollution and lessen the effects of climate change.
They say "a picture is worth a thousand words", and this one sums up the #BerlinEPrix weekend pretty well…— Nissan NISMO (@NISMO) April 23, 2023
Next stop Monaco - home race for @NatoNorman & a track @SachaFenestraz has enjoyed in the past! 🌸⚡️🌸@Nissan @NissanDE #NissanFormulaE #FeelElectric pic.twitter.com/fVawp2GbMs