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Nissan Formula E Team is ready to take on Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, with the first double-header of the Gen3 era to take place in Diriyah.
Following a promising start to the campaign in Mexico, where Sacha Fenestraz impressed by reaching the Duels in qualifying, he and teammate Norman Nato have their eyes set on points in Formula E’s only night races.
First held in Season 5, the Diriyah E-Prix went under the lights the following year and has since become a favorite for both fans and drivers. The 2.495-kilometer Riyadh Street Circuit is best known for the section between Turns 6 and 14, which is often compared to a bobsleigh run thanks to its downhill nature and fast, flowing corners, and is set to be even more spectacular this weekend with the faster Gen3 cars.
“I feel we grew as a team following the season opener in Mexico,” said Tommaso Volpe, managing director, Nissan Formula E Team. “Norman and Sacha already have a good connection with the engineers, and the technical team is also gaining a lot of knowledge on how to run the car in qualifying and the race. We’re still learning about the power unit and energy management, but that’s the same across the grid, so we’ll look to continue developing on that side. Diriyah will be a completely different challenge to Mexico, with the tight walls and dirty track surface. Sectors 1 and 2 are really fast and twisty, and it’s easy to make mistakes there because of the low-grip levels, which will be a big challenge, especially with the extra power we have this year. We believe we can score points this weekend - we had good pace in Mexico as Sacha proved in qualifying, so we’ll look to find that speed again with both drivers and put ourselves in a good position to come away with a strong result.”
As part of a three-year agreement, Petromin Nissan will be the team’s official Innovation Partner for the event. As Nissan’s authorized dealer in Saudi Arabia, this collaboration is designed to strengthen the relationship between Petromin Nissan and Nissan, displaying the commitment to innovation and customer service shared by the brands.
“This collaboration between Nissan Formula E Team and Petromin Nissan, one of our most important distributors in the Middle East, is further confirmation of how important our involvement in the sport is for Nissan as a corporation,” commented Volpe. “Our Formula E project not only promotes but also actively supports our corporate objectives in terms of electrification and sustainability – the two fundamental pillars of Formula E and key goals for both Nissan and Petromin Nissan.”