|P.O.B.||Brasília, DF, Brazil|
|D.O.B.||21 August 1992|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2019 Mexico City E-Prix|
|Titles||0 (24th 2018/19)|
|Formula E Career|
|Total Entries||3 (3 Starts)|
Luiz Felipe de Oliveira Nasr (born 21 August 1992 in Brasília, DF, Brazil) is a Brazilian racing driver, who competed in the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship with GEOX DRAGON. Better known as Felipe Nasr, Nasr arrived in FE as the reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Champion, having previously raced in Formula One.
Nasr made three appearances for Dragon during the 2018/19 season, replacing Maximilian Günther at the team ahead of the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix. However, after three non-scores, including two retirements, Nasr left the team and FE to focus on his IMSA title defence.
Nasr's racing career began at the age of seven in his native Brazil, with the Brazilian racer claiming multiple karting titles through until he was fifteen. Nasr duly moved into racing cars for 2008, debuting in the Formula BMW Americas in support of the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. The Brazilian duly moved to the European version of the series for 2009, beginning his climb up the junior single seater ladder.
Nasr moved to the British Formula 3 Championship for the 2010 season, having claimed the Formula BMW Europe title in 2009. A semi-successful maiden F3 campaign saw Nasr finish the year in fifth, with the Brazilian sticking with the series into 2011. This time Nasr would not only win the Championship ahead of Kevin Magnussen, but would also earn a drive at the Rolex 24 at Daytona through the Sunoco Challenge.
After claiming third in the 2012 Rolex 24, Nasr gained a seat in the GP2 Series, partnering Davide Valescchi. A largely anonymous season saw Nasr end the season in tenth, before moving to the Carlin team for 2013. A stronger season saw Nasr end the season in fourth, before the Brazilian briefly challenged for the 2014 title, but would ultimately have to settle for third.
2014 would see Nasr get his first taste of a Formula One car, signing with Williams to be their test and reserve driver. That, combined with his strong GP2 campaign and significant personal sponsorship, saw the Brazilian get a full race seat in F1 for 2015, with Sauber signing the Brazilian on a two year contract. It proved to be a fairly strong debut season in the reasonably competitive Sauber C34, with Nasr ending the season in thirteenth.
Nasr duly returned for Sauber in 2016, although with the Swiss based team beginning to struggle for funding the Brazilian struggled to match his efforts from the previous season. Indeed, Nasr's second F1 campaign would end with the Brazilian scoring just two points, prompting the Swiss squad to draft in Pascal Wehrlein to replace him in 2017.
With his F1 days seeming to already be at an end, Nasr spent 2017 on the sidelines, waiting for an opportunity to regain his seat in F1. Ultimately, however, no chance would come, prompting the Brazilian to take a seat in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the ELMS. It proved to be a wise decision from Nasr, for the Brazilian and teammate Eric Curran would win the Championship at the first attempt.
Nasr would opt to defend his crown for 2019, and duly placed second at the 2019 Daytona 24 after a late battle for victory with Fernando Alonso in heavy rain.
Formula E History
Nasr would evaluate an entry in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship ahead of the 2018/19 season, with his Brazilian backers keen to move into the series. Talks were staged with GEOX DRAGON ahead of the 2019 Marrakech E-Prix for the Brazilian to take part in the 2019 Rookie Test, although the Brazilian ultimately failed to appear. However, those negotiations would eventually pay off, with Nasr subsequently signing with Dragon as their second driver for the rest of the 2018/19 season, replacing Maximilian Günther ahead of the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix.
Nasr would have a quiet FE baptism in Mexico City, driving to nineteenth after an early spin in the Stadium section. The following round in Hong Kong saw Nasr remove himself from the race early on by smacking the back of teammate José María López, before a failure at the start of the 2019 Sanya E-Prix left the Brazilian stranded on the grid. That failure ultimately proved too much for Nasr, who duly announced that he would not be returning to the team after the 2019 Rome E-Prix.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Felipe Nasr's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Felipe Nasr during their FE career:
|Felipe Nasr's Overall Formula E Record|
|2018/19||GEOX DRAGON||6||Penske EV-3||24th||0|
Below is a table showing Felipe Nasr's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- Kaiketsu, 'File:Piloto Felipe Nasr fala à imprensa após encontro com Temer (28412246304).jpg', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 16/08/2015), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Piloto_Felipe_Nasr_fala_%C3%A0_imprensa_ap%C3%B3s_encontro_com_Temer_(28412246304).jpg, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Sam Smith, 'Nasr to Replace Guenther at GEOX Dragon', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 05/02/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/nasr-to-replace-guenther-at-geox-dragon/, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Andrew Crask; David Phillips, 'WTR Cadillac wins epic Petit Le Mans', racer.com, (Racer Media and Marketing Inc., 13/10/2018), https://racer.com/2018/10/13/wtr-cadillac-wins-epic-petit-le-mans/, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Alex Kalinauckas, 'Gunther replaces Nasr for Rome Formula E race', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 26/03/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/gunther-replaces-nasr-rome-dragon/4358685/, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
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- Archived 'Nasr claims championship title as Magnussen wins race', formula3.co, (Stéphane Ratel Organisation, 18/11/2011), https://web.archive.org/web/20111118001059/http://www.formula3.co/news/nasr-claims-championship-title-as-magnussen-wins-race, (Accessed 05/02/2011) - Original
- Pablo Elizalde, 'British F3 champion Felipe Nasr will race in GP2 with DAMS', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 16/02/2012), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/97540/nasr-to-race-in-gp2-with-dams, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Andrew Lewin, 'GP2 Abu Dhabi: Coletti wins race, Vandoorne second in championship', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 23/11/2014), https://www.crash.net/gp2/race-report/211234/1/coletti-wins-race-vandoorne-second-in-championship, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Leopold Pleijsier, 'Felipe Nasr & Banco do Brasil to join Williams', f1-fansite.com, (F1-Fansite, 19/02/2014), https://www.f1-fansite.com/f1-news/felipe-nasr-banco-brasil-join-williams/, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- 'Sauber F1 Team announces Felipe Nasr as its driver for 2015', sauberf1.com, (Sauber Motorsport AG, 05/11/2014), https://www.sauberf1team.com/press/sauber-f1-team-announces-felipe-nasr-as-its-driver-for-2015-2, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Lawrence Barretto, 'Sauber F1 team signs Pascal Wehrlein for 2017 season', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 16/01/2017), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/127755/sauber-signs-wehrlein-for-2017, (Accessed 16/10/2018)
- Marsall Pruett, 'Nasr, Albuquerque Join Action Express For 2018', racer.com, (Racer Media and Marketing Inc., 28/09/2017), https://racer.com/2017/09/28/nasr-albuquerque-join-action-express-for-2018/, (Accessed 05/02/2019)
- Sam Smith, 'Nasr Marrakesh Test Run in Doubt', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 13/01/2019), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/nasr-marrakesh-test-run-in-doubt/, (Accessed 13/01/2019)
- 'Madness in Mexico sees di Grassi clinch miraculous win in epic photo finish', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 16/02/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/february/race-report-mexico-2019, (Accessed 17/02/2019)
- 'Vergne victorious in Sanya showdown, championship blown wide open', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/03/2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2019/march/race-report-sanya-2019, (Accessed 23/03/2019)