The Nissan Formula E Team showed great pace at the Monaco E-Prix, as both Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato lined up in the top three on the grid.
Fenestraz took a strong haul of points in the race, finishing fourth.
Nato, who sported a new helmet design that paid tribute to Jules Bianchi, topped Group A in qualifying, with Fenestraz just behind in second.
When both were victorious in their quarter-final duel, the pair came up against each other in an all-Nissan semi-final, with Fenestraz progressing.
The Franco-Argentine racer initially took pole position with another great lap, but later had his time deleted for power overuse. Jake Hughes inherited pole position for NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, and with Frenchman Nato third, the grid featured an all-Nissan powertrain top-three.
After a chaotic opening to the race, Fenestraz found himself battling with the championship leaders for the podium, with Nato fighting for the lower points-paying positions.
Fenestraz eventually ended the E-Prix in fourth, picking up 12 points, while Nato was involved in an incident and dropped to the back of the field.
Tommaso Volpe, managing director and principal of the Nissan Formula E Team, said: “We brought more car updates for this round and we were delighted to see that they impacted positively on our pace. To have both cars in the top three in qualifying is amazing and really encouraging for us going forwards.
Hunger for success
“Sacha had a great race. He kept with the frontrunners throughout and brought home some very valuable points. Norman was unfortunate with the strategy and then the contact, but we can still be pleased with our performance overall. We’ll look to continue improving our race pace, and it’s great to see the team’s hunger for success.”
Sacha Fenestraz said: “This was a really positive weekend overall. We picked up a really strong haul of points, the team is working hard and we’ll keep pushing for the rest of the season.”
Norman Nato added: “We showed plenty of potential this weekend and we’re feeling encouraged for the rounds to come.”
Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns early next month, as the series travels to Jakarta for a double-header on June 3 and 4.