Nissan Formula E Team to kick off Season 10 in Valencia
Nissan Formula E Team is ready to ramp up its preparations for the 2023/24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with next week’s pre-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, on October 24-27. Following an encouraging debut under its new name last season, the squad is looking to further develop its performance in the second year of the Gen3 regulations. The test is the teams’ only opportunity to head out onto the track before the opening round of Season 10 of the championship in Mexico City on January 13, 2024, making it vitally important.
Both first tasted Formula E machinery at Season 9’s Berlin rookie test
Franco-Argentine Sacha Fenestraz will look to kick off his second year with the team on a positive note as he aims to build on a promising debut season, while British Formula E race winner Oliver Rowland will continue to re-familiarize himself with the outfit following his return after two years away. The week will also feature a rookie test, with Nissan Formula E Team simulator and development driver Luca Ghiotto and Alpine Academy member Victor Martins set to drive. Both first tasted Formula E machinery at Season 9’s Berlin rookie test, with the Italian also heading out on track during FP0 at the last Rome E-Prix.
For Season 10, Nissan Formula E Team has decided to once again sport its popular and captivating cherry blossom livery, paying homage to its Japanese heritage. It also marks the onset of an exciting new chapter, with the squad set to take on its first ever Formula E home race, when the Tokyo E-Prix debuts during cherry blossom season on March 30, 2024. The event is a great opportunity for the team to demonstrate its commitment to Formula E and electric vehicles in Japan for the first time.
We can hit the ground running in Mexico City and begin with a strong base
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal, Nissan Formula E Team: “We’re all looking forward to getting to Valencia and seeing our cars on track again. Our goal for testing is to finalize the on boarding of some new team members and continue our preparation for the start of the season. We have had a few changes internally, most notably the return of Oliver. He has settled in really well, it is like he’s never been away! He and Sacha have made a good partnership already, sharing data and swapping ideas. We have been working on making our processes more efficient, we want to improve in every area to help us develop as a unit. We also have some performance items to test in Valencia, and we’ll look to strengthen the confidence and spirit of the team to head to Mexico in a positive mind-set.”
Sacha Fenestraz, driver, Nissan Formula E Team: “I’m looking forward to testing, getting back on track and preparing my second season with the team. I had a good break, relaxed and recuperated after a busy season. I am feeling good, we have been working hard during the break, working on the car and analysing my first year. We have made improvements, so I am excited to see how we compare to the other teams. Our aim for the test is to prepare as best we can for the start of the season, so we can hit the ground running in Mexico City and begin with a strong base for the new campaign and develop from there.”
Oliver Rowland, driver, Nissan Formula E Team: “I’m delighted to return to Nissan and I’m settling in well with the team, it helps that there are some familiar faces! I am excited to return to action during the test and to drive the Nissan e-4ORCE 04. We have done a lot of work since the summer with the crew and engineers, while Sacha and I have already formed a good relationship. We will do our best to support the team and help us move forward as a unit. Valencia is a good track to test Formula E cars so I am very keen to see how we stack up throughout the week. Season 10 is very important for myself and the squad, so we’ll do everything we can during the test to continue our preparations for Mexico City.”