Formula E

Nissan Formula E Team aiming to build momentum in Cape Town

February 22, 2023

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Norman Nato races for Nissan Formula E Team

Squad looking to keep up pace and performance following promising Hyderabad E-Prix

Nissan Formula E Team is set to tackle Round 5 of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship this weekend, with the series travelling to South Africa for the country's first ever E-Prix.

Both drivers showed very good pace last time out in Hyderabad, with Norman Nato scoring good points despite a puncture and Sacha Fenestraz fighting for the podium, giving the team belief heading into the second brand-new event of Season 9.

The 2.94-kilometre Cape Town Street Circuit flows through the city's Waterfront and Green Point districts. It's expected that the 12-turn track will be one of the fastest on the calendar, so there will be no room for error as the drivers dash down Mouille Point's oceanfront Beach Road.

Qualifying in Cape Town begins at 11:40 SAST (UTC +2) with the race getting underway at 16:00 SAST on Saturday 25 February. Find out how to watch here.

Sacha Fenestraz driving for Nissan Formula E Team

"This new venue in Cape Town will be very challenging and demanding for both the drivers and the cars," said Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team. "From our work in the simulator we know it will be very fast, even faster than Hyderabad, so any mistake could have major consequences. In India we managed to put together an entire weekend very well, although we didn't get the results we expected due some bad luck, especially with Sacha. So now the team has extra motivation to fight for points with both cars in South Africa."

Norman Nato walks around the Formula E paddock
Norman Nato

"Cape Town is a brand-new track on the calendar and it is expected to be the fastest of the season, so it will be challenging to put a lap together with all the high-speed sections and the bumps. We've scored points in the last two races and are continuing to improve as a team, but we are hungry for more. Taking a step forward and scoring with both cars is the target so we've been working hard in the simulator to optimize our performance."

Sacha Fenestraz signs driver cards for fans
Sacha Fenestraz

"It's going to be a very interesting track, it's set to be the fastest of the season. Overtaking looks like it will be tough, which makes qualifying extra important this weekend. Our pace in the last two races has been getting stronger and obviously we were very unfortunate in Hyderabad. We've been improving throughout each event this season, so we've got a good chance to score plenty of points in Cape Town. The high speed corners will make it challenging, but being a brand-new track it also gives me confidence as a rookie, as once again nobody has driven here before. I'm looking forward to the weekend and hopefully we can achieve a positive result!"