After a move to NIO 333 post-Seoul, Sergio Sette Camara has racked up his first laps in the team's ER9 Gen3 car as NIO 333 steps up its preparations for Season 9.
The Brazilian headed to Varano in Italy, and tested again last week at Mallory Park in the UK as he continued his acclimatisation to new surroundings following his initial spell in Formula E with DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT. He's been training hard for the jump to Gen3, with plenty of time in the simulator also already under his belt.
"I have been welcomed by everyone in the team very well and there seems to be a very good working environment here," said the 24-year-old. "I’m really looking forward to the season ahead!
"I had been looking forward to driving the Gen3 car for some time, and was very happy to finally do so in Varano and at Mallory Park last week. Testing was very productive, we covered many items and I slowly built up confidence in the car and a working rhythm with the team.
"The Gen3 car seems very physical; every driver I’ve spoken to has said the steering wheel is very heavy, so I think that is something we all agree on. So more than ever I will give a special attention to my physical condition this year. Indoor training is great to build strength, outdoor training is where I train cardio, but I also use that time to clear my mind.
"A major part of my training is also done on simulators, which I try to drive on at least every week. Since we have limited time in the actual team FE car simulator it has become the next best thing."
Formula E makes its next big leap with its third generation car for Season 9 - set to be the lightest, fastest and most sustainable electric race car to-date. Sette Camara is more than happy to be back on the grid, at the advent of the championship's next big evolution.
"Since about Season 3, I have followed Formula E very closely. I have seen the championship grow very rapidly as a sporting event during this time and I have also seen the EV car market grow in adoption and disrupt the traditional car industry.
"I believe these trends will continue. Of course there will be bumps along the way, but in the long run I believe that the FIA Formula E World Championship will reward those who compete in it very well, especially those who joined in at an early stage.
"Apart from the strategic side of it which I mention above, the championship is also good fun! We get to race in some of the most important cities in the world, very often in the city centre, which makes it very special. I’ve also always been a fan of street tracks and the unique challenges they bring to a driver."