Nerea Martí to drive Formula E car in demo run at Valencia
19-year old W Series driver Nerea Martí will get the chance to drive the FIA Formula E Gen2 car in a demo run on her home track at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, as the electric series heads to Valencia for its double-header.
Nerea Martí was selected for the 2020 W Series championship after the assessment tests in Almeria in September 2019, after an impressive campaign in the Spanish Formula 4 in her first ever season in single seaters.
While she will have to wait until June 2021 for her actual race debut in the all-female championship, Nerea competed in national karting and continued a first-class preparation program at the Centro Especializado de Tecnificación Deportiva del Motor – a specialized centre for motorsport training located within the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, where she is also studying.
Nerea was among the protagonists of the 2020 iRacing-based W Series Esports League, but also committed to a solid testing program in the F3 Regional car together with Formula De Campeones and GRS: the now 19-year old driver is now ready to tackle her rookie W Series season having familiarized with the Tatuus F3 car.
Originally from Albalat dels Sorells – a municipality just outside of Valencia – there is no racetrack that Martí knows more than the 4,005 m of the Ricardo Tormo.
As FIA Formula E heads to the Spanish venue for its third round (and third double-header) of the season, Nerea Martí will get a special opportunity on Sunday morning at 09:00: she will climb in the Gen2 electric car for a demo run, before the second race of the weekend.
It will be Nerea's first time in a car of this size, having only raced the F4 Tatuus and tested the F3 Regional car in her two years of auto racing. Additionally, it will be her first taste of an electric race car, but the young Spaniard is eager to learn from this opportunity:
"I am really looking forward to this and I hope I will be in this paddock in a few years", said Martí with enthusiasm.
The Valencian driver, together with her co-driver Patricia Ortigueira, also entered and claimed first position in the regularity-race EcoRallye de la Comunitat Valenciana last weekend, where she drove a hybrid Lexus.
Having completed pre-season testing at the Valencia track, Formula E will contest its first ever race weekend on a permanent course – even though a slightly different layout will be used compared to the MotoGP one.