Norman Nato (born 8 July 1992) is a French professional racing driver who is currently driving for Realteam Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Nato is known for finishing as the runner-up in the 2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 season and the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps season, and for winning both in Monaco and Hungary in the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season.

Career

Karting

Born in Cannes, Nato began his karting career at the age of nine[1] and won the Championnat de France "Minimes" and "Cadet" categories in 2004 and 2005 before winning the Copa Campeones Trophy KF2 in 2007. In 2009, Nato won the French KZ2 Championship which he followed with a win at the KZ2 Monaco Kart Cup in 2010.[2]

Formula Renault

Nato made his debut in single-seater competition in 2010 by joining the F4 F4 Eurocup 1.6 series with the Autosport Academy team. The Frenchman won on debut at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón and took one further victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Nato ended the season with eight podium finishes and 123 points to finish as runner-up to Stoffel Vandoorne.[3]

In 2011, Nato graduated to Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with the R-ace GP team. He finished 11th overall after taking two podiums at the Nürburgring and the closing race of the season in Barcelona, with another five points-scoring finishes.[4] He also partially competed in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with the same team, bringing another podium at Nürburgring.[5]

For 2012, Nato continued to race in the Eurocup but joined debutants RC Formula.[6] He took one victory at Spa alongside three podium finishes at Aragon, the Nürburgring and the Hungaroring to finish fourth overall with 96 points.[7]

Nato also raced in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps in 2012 and battled against Daniil Kvyat for the title. In the final race of the season in Barcelona, he was involved in an accident with Kvyat and finished as the runner-up with a three-point deficit.[8] He ended the season with four wins and four further podium finishes.

Nato graduated to the highest tier of the World Series by Renault in 2013 by joining DAMS in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series as a team-mate to Kevin Magnussen.[9] He took one pole position and finished 13th in the Drivers' Championship with 33 points.

The Frenchman stayed on with the team for the 2014 season, this time partnering Carlos Sainz Jr. Nato took two victories which included a Grand Slam performance at the prestigious Monaco race in which he won from pole position and set the fastest lap. He finished seventh in the standings with 89 points.

GP2 Series

On 29 January 2015, it was confirmed that Arden International had signed Nato as its number one driver in the GP2 Series.[10] He finished 18th overall with 20 points.

Nato joined Racing Engineering for the 2016 GP2 Series[11] and won the opening race of the season in Barcelona. He finished on the podium again in Monaco, Hungary and Malaysia, and took one further victory at Monza to finish fifth in the Drivers' Championship with 136 points.[12]

In 2017, Nato returned to Arden to start his third season in the Formula One feeder series, now renamed as Formula 2.[13] He took one win after beating eventual champion Charles Leclerc at the Baku City Circuit and recorded two further podiums, finishing as the runner-up in the Bahrain and Silverstone Feature Races. Nato finished ninth overall, accumulating 91 points.[14]

European Le Mans Series

For the 2018 season, Nato made a switch to sportscar racing by joining the European Le Mans Series with Racing Engineering in the LMP2 class.[15] He won the opening race of the season at Le Castellet alongside team-mates and Olivier Pla. Nato took one further podium at the Red Bull Ring to finish third in the championship standings with 66 points.[16]

Alongside his ELMS campaign, Nato contested his first 24 Hours of Le Mans in which he finished in 10th place with SMP Racing. He also raced at the 2018 Petit Le Mans in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, finishing in 11th place with Tequila Patron ESM.[17]

For 2019, the Frenchman joined reigning ELMS champions G-Drive Racing and contested the opening two races of the season, taking fourth place at Le Castellet and winning at Monza.[18]

World Endurance Championship

Nato made his debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2019 in which he raced at the 6 Hours of Spa with LMP2 team TDS Racing, taking fourth in class.

For the 2019–20 season, Nato joined LMP1 team Rebellion Racing.[19] The Frenchman took his first FIA World Endurance Championship victory at the 4 Hours of Shanghai and also won the 2020 Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas.

Nato took second place at the 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He ended the campaign in third place in the Drivers' Championship alongside team-mates Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna, finishing on the podium on six occasions in seven entries.[20]

For 2021, Nato joined Realteam Racing to compete in LMP2, partnering Loic Duval and team owner Esteban Garcia.[21]

Formula E

In 2018, Nato was named as Venturi Racing's Reserve Driver in Formula E.[22] The Frenchman took part in the series' official Rookie Test in Marrakesh and set the 10th-fastest time.[23]

Venturi re-hired Nato as its Reserve Driver for the 2019–20 season.[24] He again took part in Formula E's official Rookie Test and took sixth position.[25]

2020-21 season

In 2020, Nato was promoted to a full-time race seat with Venturi as a team-mate to Edoardo Mortara, replacing 11-time Formula One race winner Felipe Massa.[26]

After making his debut at the 2021 Diriyah ePrix, Nato finished on the podium in only his fourth race start by taking third in Race 2 in Rome, however, was disqualified after overconsuming energy.[27]

One weekend later, the Frenchman again finished inside the top three by taking second place in Race 2 of the Valencia ePrix, but after receiving a five-second time penalty, finished in fifth.[28]

After missing out on silverware twice, Nato finally finished on the podium by concluding his season with a dominant victory in Berlin, taking Venturi's third win in Formula E.[29] With this result, and outside of Formula E's inaugural campaign, Nato became only the third driver to win a race in their rookie season. The Frenchman finished in 18th position in the Drivers' Championship with 54 points, becoming Venturi's most successful rookie driver in history.

Nato was replaced by Lucas di Grassi on 15 September 2021 for Season 8.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 F4 Eurocup 1.6 Auto Sport Academy 14 2 0 1 8 131 2nd
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 R-ace GP 14 0 0 0 2 58 11th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 7 0 1 0 1 56 25th
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 RC Formula 14 1 0 1 4 96 4th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 14 4 5 5 8 214 2nd
French F4 Championship Auto Sport Academy 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series DAMS 17 0 1 0 0 33 13th
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series 17 2 1 1 2 89 7th
2015 GP2 Series Arden International 21 0 0 1 0 20 18th
2016 GP2 Series Racing Engineering 22 2 1 1 5 136 5th
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship Pertamina Arden 22 1 0 0 3 91 9th
2018 European Le Mans Series Racing Engineering 6 1 0 2 2 66 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 SMP Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Tequila Patrón ESM 1 0 0 0 0 20 56th
2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship – LMP2 TDS Racing 1 0 0 0 0 12 16th
Formula E Venturi Formula E Team Reserve driver
2019 European Le Mans Series G-Drive Racing 2 1 1 0 1 38 11th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Belgian Audi Club Team WRT 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 RLR M Sport/Tower Events 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship Rebellion Racing 7 2 4 1 6 145 3rd
Formula E ROKiT Venturi Racing Reserve driver
2020 24 Hours of Le Mans Rebellion Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2020–21 Formula E ROKiT Venturi Racing 15 1 0 1 1 54 18th
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 Realteam Racing 4 0 0 0 0 35 10th*
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 12th

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2013 DAMS MNZ
1

10
MNZ
2

6
ALC
1

5
ALC
2

20
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1

15
SPA
2

15
MSC
1

13
MSC
2

10
RBR
1

Ret
RBR
2

10
HUN
1

15
HUN
2

11
LEC
1

18
LEC
2

9
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

5
13th 33
2014 DAMS MNZ
1

15
MNZ
2

11
ALC
1

11
ALC
2

10
MON
1

1
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

5
MSC
1

17
MSC
2

16
NÜR
1

12
NÜR
2

6
HUN
1

8
HUN
2

1
LEC
1

10
LEC
2

Ret
JER
1

8
JER
2

10
7th 89

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 Arden International BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

16
CAT
FEA

8
CAT
SPR

7
MON
FEA

18
MON
SPR

21
RBR
FEA

20
RBR
SPR

13
SIL
FEA

18
SIL
SPR

23
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

6
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

20
MNZ
FEA

6
MNZ
SPR

Ret
SOC
FEA

12
SOC
SPR

9
BHR
FEA

24
BHR
SPR

10
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

C
18th 20
2016 Racing Engineering CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

16
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

6
BAK
FEA

Ret
BAK
SPR

Ret
RBR
FEA

7
RBR
SPR

12
SIL
FEA

7
SIL
SPR

22†
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

3
HOC
FEA

Ret
HOC
SPR

18
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

8
MNZ
FEA

5
MNZ
SPR

1
SEP
FEA

3
SEP
SPR

Ret
YMC
FEA

6
YMC
SPR

5
5th 136

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2017 Pertamina Arden BHR
FEA

2
BHR
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

16
CAT
SPR

13
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
BAK
FEA

5
BAK
SPR

1
RBR
FEA

Ret
RBR
SPR

7
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

7
HUN
SPR

5
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA

13
MNZ
SPR

10
JER
FEA

11
JER
SPR

10
YMC
FEA

13
YMC
SPR

18†
9th 91

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2018 Racing Engineering LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
1
MNZ
5
RBR
2
SIL
Ret
SPA
7‡
ALG
5
3rd 66
2019 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Aurus 01 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 LEC
4
MNZ
1
CAT SIL SPA ALG 11th 38

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2018 Russia SMP Racing Russia Viktor Shaytar
United Kingdom Harrison Newey
Dallara P217-Gibson LMP2 345 14th 10th
2019 United Kingdom RLR M Sport/Tower Events Canada John Farano
India Arjun Maini
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 295 NC NC
2020 Switzerland Rebellion Racing United States Gustavo Menezes
Brazil Bruno Senna
Rebellion R13-Gibson LMP1 382 2nd 2nd
2021 Switzerland Realtime Racing Switzerland Esteban Garcia
France Loïc Duval
Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 356 17th 12th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2018–19 TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA LMS SIL FUJ SHA SEB SPA
4
LMS 16th 12
2019–20 Rebellion Racing LMP1 Rebellion R13 Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8 SIL
9
FUJ
3
SHA
1
BHR
3
COA
1
SPA
3
LMS
2
BHR 3rd 145
2021 Realteam Racing LMP2 Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 SPA
6
ALG
7
MNZ
7
LMS
7
BHR
BHR
10th* 35*

* Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2018 Tequila Patrón ESM P Nissan Onroak DPi Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 L Turbo V6 DAY
SEB
LBH MDO DET WGL
MOS ELK LGA PET
11
56th 20

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos Points
2020–21 ROKiT Venturi Racing Spark SRT05e Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02 DIR
14
DIR
16
RME
11
RME
DSQ
VLC
NC
VLC
5
MCO
13
PUE
14
PUE
Ret
NYC
15
NYC
7
LDN
NC
LDN
Ret
BER
4
BER
1
18th 54

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