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Frustrating Portland E-Prix for Nissan Formula E Team

Squad misses out on points for the first time since Round 2


Nissan Formula E Team had a tough double-header in Portland, missing out on points in both Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2023/24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Caio Collet, the team’s reserve and simulator driver, made his Formula E debut in place of the ill Oliver Rowland. The 22-year-old Brazilian showed his ability straight away, taking a solid seventh in Group B, starting his maiden E-Prix in 14th, narrowly ahead of teammate Sacha Fenestraz in 16th.

In the first race of the weekend, Fenestraz ran as high as second, eventually falling back after taking his second Attack Mode. The Franco-Argentine would finish 15th, with Collet 18th, bringing the squad’s run of ten consecutive points-scores to an end.

During today’s event, the duo battled hard in a chaotic race without reward. Starting 22nd and 14th respectively, Collet put the experience of his first Formula E race weekend to good use to hold his own in several battles, clinching 16th, while Fenestraz ended up in 18th.

Season 10 comes to an end next month, when the series visits London for Rounds 15 and 16 on 20-21 July.

Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: “Obviously it’s frustrating to come away from Portland without scoring points. The car had potential and the team did a good job, but we just didn’t quite put everything together.

In the first race, our strategy was working well with Sacha and he was doing a good job, but unfortunately he lost a lot of positions after taking his second Attack Mode. And then today was another difficult one. On Caio’s side, he had a strong debut. He showed his pace straight away by taking seventh in his group in qualifying, and he had two strong races. His finishing positions don’t show that, but he managed the efficiency well and adjusted quickly to the demands of a race weekend.

”Overall it was a tough weekend and it was also a shame not to have Oli with us. We all wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back in London next month.“

Sacha Fenestraz, driver, Nissan Formula E Team: ”This weekend we had a good opportunity to score strong points. Yesterday our potential was limited by my incident in FP2, which meant I had to use cold tyres for qualifying. Our strategy was good and I found myself fighting at the front, but lost a lot of places late on in the race. Today was a difficult one to take, obviously we had higher expectations but we’ll look to put that right and finish the season strongly in London.“

Caio Collet, driver, Nissan Formula E Team: ”It was a great experience for me this weekend and I enjoyed working with the team and my time on track. Race 1 was tough, the car felt good but it was difficult to understand where and how to use the energy to overtake. It’s a steep learning curve, but today I was more comfortable in the car, despite a frustrating qualifying. Our strategy was good and I did better on energy. I think we could have been on the edge of the points without the contact and pit stop, but it’s been an amazing weekend personally anyway. I understand more how the race weekends work, and this experience will definitely help me in the simulator. Thanks to the whole team and also my best wishes to Oli"

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 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the Nissan Formula E drivers will be Oliver Rowland and Sacha Fenestraz.

On 28th March 2024, ahead of the first ever Tokyo E-Prix, Nissan announced its long term commitment to Formula E, becoming the first manufacturer to sign up for the Gen4 era, which runs until 2030, reinforcing its pledge to its Ambition 2030 electrification targets.

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.

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