Fenestraz left ‘upset’ after crash with Nato in FE Berlin E-Prix: “Very optimistic move”

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During the second Formula E race in Berlin-Tempelhof last week, we saw Sacha Fenestraz being sent into the barrier by Norman Nato. Right after the incident, Fenestraz was seen sarcastically applauding his former teammate in the cockpit of his Nissan. Following the race, Fenestraz looked back on the crash, stating Nato’s move was ‘desperate’ and ‘optimistic.’

Fenestraz had to start the second Berlin E-Prix from P17, but after a somewhat disappointing race on Saturday, he was ready to fight his way into the points. By the time the 20th lap came around, the Nissan driver had already worked himself up to P8. His efforts unfortunately turned out to be in vain, as the French-Argentine saw his race come to an early end after a crash with his former teammate on the 25th lap.

Nato had tried to overtake Fenestraz on the straight leading up to turn 3, but as both drivers went to take the turn, the Andretti driver fully drove into the Nissan. Nato was able to drive on, and was eventually handed a 5-second time penalty by the stewards.

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“I think it was just a very optimistic move from his side, I don’t have much more to add”, Fenestraz told Pit Debrief after the race. “I think it seemed like it was a desperate move from his side, trying to do a move in turn 3 – where you can go side by side, but you can never manage to do a full overtake. He tried to do so, then completely outbraked himself, and I found myself in the woods.”

“I’m a bit upset, because I think it was another unlucky race today and yesterday as well to be honest. I think it was possible to finish in the top five with both cars on both occasions, and we didn’t manage that purely because of bad luck. So hopefully the luck turns around soon.”