YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Formula E Team heads to São Paulo this weekend, with the series making its inaugural visit to Brazil for Round 6 of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
After a month’s break, the squad is eager to build on its form from Cape Town, where Sacha Fenestraz clinched his first-ever Formula E pole position and Norman Nato took home a second consecutive points finish.
The 2.96-kilometre track is situated next to São Paulo’s Santana district, birthplace of Brazilian racing icon Ayrton Senna. It will see cars rush through the city’s Sambadrome, most famous for hosting the nation’s world-renowned Carnival of São Paulo.
Qualifying gets underway at 09:40 BRT (UTC -3) and the race starts at 14:00 BRT on Saturday 25 March. Find out how to watch here.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: “This weekend we’ll face a brand-new circuit that looks set to pose a different challenge to the other venues so far this season. It seems to be extremely bumpy and features long straights and large braking zones, but there is also the threat of rain to keep in mind. We haven’t had a wet race since Gen3 was introduced, so that may be another factor to consider. Over the break we’ve been able to evaluate ourselves and see where we stand in relation to our competitors. We know where our strengths lie and what we can improve on and we believe that we can continue to make progress round-by-round.”
Sacha Fenestraz: “Heading to another new venue, it once again evens the playing field between myself and the more experienced drivers. This weekend almost feels like a homecoming as it’s the closest race to where I grew up, in Córdoba in Argentina and I’ve got some friends coming over to watch which is really exciting. Cape Town was positive for us, I took my first pole position in a World Championship event and now the goal is to carry that momentum forward. The track looks like it will promote overtaking and the surface seems extremely bumpy which will make performing lap after lap a challenge, but we are well rested and feeling strong.”
Norman Nato: “I’m excited to discover the São Paulo track, it looks incredibly bumpy which will be an added challenge. There’s a lot of slow chicanes and on paper it seems like overtaking will be easier than on other circuits. We’re going to have to be alert as there is the possibility of rain for the first time this season, which could spice things up for the fans. I’ve scored points in the previous two races so the potential is there for more. The whole team has worked hard over the last month, and we aim to take another step forward.”
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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.
Maria De Juana
Head of Communications, Formula E, Nissan Motor Co.
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