YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Formula E Team will travel to the glamorous destination of Monte Carlo for this weekend’s Monaco E-Prix, as Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship enters its second half.
Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz will look to bounce back in the principality after a challenging weekend in Berlin. The duo is targeting good points at a venue where they’ve both had previous success across various single-seater categories throughout their junior years.
Formula E first raced in Monaco all the way back in Season 1 and was held on a shortened course for the first three years. In 2021, the series used a variation very close to the Grand Prix circuit, albeit with some minor differences, before switching to the instantly recognizable 3.337-kilometre layout in 2022.
Qualifying gets underway at 10:40 CEST (UTC +2), with the E-Prix at 15:00 CEST. Find out how to watch here.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: “Heading to Monaco is always special for anyone involved with motorsport as its decorated history makes it one of the best races on the calendar. We expect energy management to be the main talking point of the weekend due to the circuit’s many elevation changes. They are quite unusual for Formula E and will impact everyone. With that in mind, the trend of cars using the tow and not wanting to lead should continue here, so it’ll be about turning the situation into an advantage as we target good points. We’ve found some solutions to the issues we had in Berlin thanks to the good work by the crew at the Rookie Test, so our aim is to implement them effectively and be more competitive here.”
Sacha Fenestraz: “I’m very excited to race in Monaco. It’s an incredible place with such a remarkable history. I’ve never competed in an official World Championship event here, so it’s a privilege to be able to do so. It’s a track that I have a lot of fond memories of as I’ve won here twice in my junior career, so I can’t wait for the weekend to start. We had a tricky time in Berlin, but the goal is to bounce back. The Rookie Test gave us a great opportunity to find some solutions, and I’m optimistic that we’ve made progress. Our potential has been high at times this season and I aim to show that off and get back into the points as we think Monaco should suit us.”
Norman Nato: “Driving around Monaco is always a dream. I’ve lived here for many years but I still get excited every time I head out onto the circuit. It’s always a challenge to overtake, so qualifying will be more important than usual this weekend. The goal is to unlock our potential and bring home some points for the team. I’ve won here in the past in karting and in junior formula, so hopefully I can use that experience to help the squad.”
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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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