Norman Nato was unfortunate to lose what would have been his first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship podium in the Rome E-Prix, but the Frenchman is aiming for retribution this weekend in Valencia.
The ROKiT Venturi Racing driver was one of the stars of race two in Rome, taking his first point by topping the first stage of Qualifying before starting the race on the front row of the grid after finishing second to Envision Virgin Racing’s Nick Cassidy in super pole.
It looked as though he had finished third in the race, only for him to be disqualified by the stewards after exceeding the maximum allowed energy by the tiniest of margins. It meant his place on the podium was taken by Tag Heuer Porsche FE Team’s Pascal Wehrlein instead.
Nato feels Venturi were able to show just what they were capable of in Rome, and he hopes to be able to hit the track running this weekend and show again what the team can do in the Valencia E-Prix double-header.
“I think we showcased the performance that we’re truly capable of in Rome and I’m excited to get back into the car in Valencia,” said Nato. “After spending some time in the simulator earlier this week, the changes to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo make the track quite tricky, especially with the addition of the chicane.
“There are always some differences when you arrive at the circuit and it will be interesting to see what the track will be like in reality when the running gets underway. I’m really looking forward to being back out on track.”