Norman Nato noticed his dream podium flip into a direct nightmare in Sunday’s second race of the Rome ePrix, with the Frenchman discovering himself disqualified after ending on the street in third.
The ROKiT Venturi Racing driver was handed the tough penalty after utilizing an excessive amount of vitality through the race, though it was a close-run factor. He was nonetheless within the optimistic heading into the ultimate turns however used an excessive amount of on the run to the road.
Nato had starred in Qualifying earlier within the day, topping the preliminary session earlier than ending a formidable second within the Tremendous Pole session. He was in rivalry for good factors all day lengthy just for him and his crew to undergo heartbreak on the finish.
“After a tough day yesterday, we bounced again at the moment and I feel we did an ideal job,” stated Nato. “I began the race from P2 however took the lead early on earlier than getting locked within the battle for the remaining podium locations.
“I had nice enjoyable preventing with Alexander [Sims], Max [Guenther] and Pascal [Wehrlein] and it was a really shut struggle. It felt nice to take P3 on the chequered flag however after I discovered that it wouldn’t be my first podium in Method E, it was a really tough capsule to swallow.”
Nato says he nonetheless has a lot to study as he adapts to life in FIA Method E, however he might be doing every part he can to make additional steps ahead throughout the rest of the season, beginning with the Valencia ePrix later this month.
“This was solely my fourth race within the championship and I nonetheless have quite a bit to study, however there are quite a lot of positives to take from at the moment,” stated Nato. “I feel I made a giant step ahead from the season-opener in Diriyah and I’ll proceed to push to enhance.
“This wasn’t the primary and gained’t be the final time we’ve got struggle for the rostrum this season and now, my complete focus is on the subsequent race in Valencia.”
Susie Wolff, the Crew Principal at Venturi, says investigations will happen to see why Nato used an excessive amount of vitality through the race, and he or she felt the disqualification value the Frenchman a deserved podium.
“We’re nonetheless attempting to grasp what result in Norman’s overuse of energy however placing the disqualification apart, he did a incredible job at the moment and confirmed simply what he’s able to,” stated Wolff.
“His efficiency in qualifying was excellent and he drove a incredible race. I’m sorry that we didn’t get to face on the rostrum like we deserved at the moment.”