The Nissan Formula E Team heads to Berlin this weekend for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, with Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz set to tackle the second double-header of Season 9.
Having hosted more E-Prix than any other venue, the 2.3-kilometre Tempelhof Airport Circuit is a staple of the Formula E calendar and has utilised a variety of layouts.
Most recently, it has been used in both directions for its double-header, although this year only the anti-clockwise variation will be raced on.
The circuit, which features a Douglas DC-3 aircraft on the inside of Turn 6, is challenging due to its abrasive surface, putting an even greater emphasis on energy and tyres management.
Both Nissan and Nato have had success at the track, winning in 2020 and 2021 respectively, while rookie Fenestraz will be making his Berlin debut this weekend.
Following the double-header, the team will remain in Berlin for the Rookie Test on Monday, with Luca Ghiotto and Victor Martins set to drive for Nissan Formula E Team.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and team principal of the Nissan Formula E Team, said: “Despite this event being a double-header, we have to approach it the same way as any other and work on fine-tuning the set-up so we can compete towards the sharp end across the weekend.
”This year, that job is slightly easier because both races are being run in the same direction, unlike in 2022. The track surface in Berlin presents a massive challenge as it’s high-grip, which can overheat the tyres, so we have to try to avoid that in the race.
”There are a lot of overtaking opportunities at Tempelhof too, making it a good spectacle for the fans. Nissan has performed well here in the past, and that motivates the whole team as we all want to fight for the podium.
“We also have a really talented line-up for the rookie test. Luca has been testing in our simulator for a while now and will be with the team in Berlin, so it’ll be helpful for him in his new role to get some track time. Victor was also at the factory recently, he has a really high potential as a driver and I’m looking forward to seeing him hit the track.”