Norman Nato: “It was a shame to get the penalty because it cost us another podium” – The Checkered Flag


For the second consecutive race weekend, Norman Nato completed inside the highest three however was not capable of stand on the rostrum resulting from a penalty.  Nevertheless, a minimum of within the Valencia E-Prix, he was nonetheless capable of rating factors.

The ROKiT Venturi Racing driver completed second on the street in race two of the Valencia E-Prix on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, however a five-second time penalty, handed to him after he collided with Mahindra Racing’s Alex Lynn earlier within the day, relegated him to fifth.

Nato had earlier taken benefit of a drying observe to make it into the pole shootout in Qualifying, and he was on the sharp finish of the sphere all through the day, ending lower than second behind race winner Jake Dennis.

Race one had not gone his manner, with the Frenchman the primary driver to expire of usable power a few laps earlier than the tip.  Nevertheless, he was happy with the response and his first confirmed high ten end of his ABB FIA Formulation E Championship profession.

“On a drying observe, qualifying from Group 4 was a giant benefit and this positioned us in a really sturdy place to problem within the race,” mentioned Nato.  “After yesterday, it was extremely vital to handle our power consumption all through which we had been capable of do.

“Everybody was in the identical place with conservation and once I was in P3, Dennis slowed massively which prompted the pack to bunch up. This caught me off guard and I utilized the brakes as quickly as attainable however I touched Alex [Lynn] and he went off the observe.

“It wasn’t on goal and I’m actually sorry it occurred. It was a disgrace to get the penalty as a result of it value us one other podium at present which is tough to swallow.

“There are nonetheless a variety of positives – the automotive felt nice, we had sturdy tempo and we had been capable of battle for the win at present, which is excellent earlier than our residence race in Monaco.”

Susie Wolff, the Workforce Principal at Venturi, says it gained’t be lengthy earlier than Nato completes the job and stands on the rostrum in Formulation E.  He had misplaced a podium within the Rome E-Prix for utilizing an excessive amount of power that resulted in a disqualification, and now the time penalty for the Lynn collision once more knocked him again.

“It was a disgrace for Norman to choose up a five-second time penalty which meant he wasn’t capable of stand on the rostrum for the second race weekend in a row,” mentioned Wolff.  “He deserved P2 however I’m assured that his time will come very quickly.

“A end result like this earlier than our residence race could be very encouraging and now, our full focus strikes to the Monaco E-Prix in two weeks time the place we’ve had success as a staff previously.”

Venturi’s second driver, Edoardo Mortara, failed to attain in race one in Valencia after a collision with André Lotterer ended his race, however he fought again to assert ninth place in race two, which got here regardless of him beginning close to the again of the sphere.

“We had a tough race at present ranging from the again,” mentioned Mortara.  “On the opening lap, I made up some positions however I used to be pushed extensive which value me a while. General, I believe it was a very good comeback drive.

“We had good tempo and the staff executed the technique properly which meant we had extra power than the automobiles round us on the finish. Contemplating the place we began from, P9 is an effective end result.”


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