After a recent run of poor performances, NEXTEV are hoping to show a noticeable improvement in their qualifying pace this weekend at the Buenos Aires ePrix.
In the opening two rounds of the season, neither Nelson Piquet Jr or Oliver Turvey managed to qualify in the top ten.
Oliver Turvey ended the drought at the Punta del Este ePrix, qualifying tenth. Piquet Jr was a row behind him in 12th.
A positive test after the Punta ePrix has given the team a much-needed boost, and team principal Steven Lu is confident there will be a step up in performance this weekend.
He said, “We were very close to scoring more points in Punta del Este, and the test on Sunday was very encouraging. We have been working on a few updates in the last month and we are expecting some improvements in Buenos Aires. We have a new simulation facility for our drivers and I believe that will help a lot to prepare for the coming weekend.”
President of the team, Martin Leach, said, “We are looking forward to making further progress on our car set-up for qualifying and the race in Argentina. We have been working very hard with our new Driver in the Loop simulator back in Europe, with drivers and race engineers having the chance to work together to test and optimise their set-up strategies. If we can deliver fault-free running in qualifying then I am hopeful for top ten grid starts.”
Nelson Piquet Jr finished on the podium in Buenos Aires last year, and is looking forward to returning to the circuit.
“The track in Buenos Aires is a really fun track to race on and we scored a podium here last year. Obviously we are having a tough season so this race will be another challenge for us but we will be fighting hard for points.”
Nelson Piquet Jr
Team-mate Oliver Turvey is hoping to improve on his 12th place finish at the Punta del Este.
“Since Punta del Este I have spent some time with the engineers on the simulator to prepare for my first race in Buenos Aires. The track seems fast with some long straights and big braking zones, so I’m excited to race on this track. The team has been working hard since the last race and I feel well prepared so we’re aiming to make some steps forward together.”
NEXTEV’s 2015/16 Formula E season- Qualifying results
Punta del Este
The Buenos Aires ePrix starts at 7pm GMT on Saturday 6th February.