Oliver Turvey: Qualifying pace ‘a surprise, shame to go backwards’ in the race at Paris ePrix

Race. Paris e-Prix, Paris, France, Europe. Saturday 23 April 2016 Photo: Adam Warner /LAT/FE ref: Digital Image _A8C1106

It’s been a tough year for Oliver Turvey and his teammate, and current reigning champion, Nelson Piquet Jr. Slowly over the course of the season there have been some marked improvements for the NEXTEV team, culminating in both drivers starting the Paris ePrix in the top ten.

 “It was a good qualifying for us, our best of the season. To be P7 was a bit of a surprise because we had some compromises with our car,” Turvey said after the race.

“We had a good start, first corner was good. I got up to sixth. I felt quite competitive in the first few laps but the pace was very poor and we were out of position.

“I did everything I could to defend from the guys behind but it wasn’t possible to. Buemi drove pretty much straight past me. It was a struggle. Then we had a slow pit stop.”

The British driver was relatively upbeat at the end of the race despite falling back to finish 13th.

“It was a shame to go backwards but we know we are a bit compromised this season, so we have to take the positives of the qualifying results and the good start. After that we have to learn about the race and see where we could have done better in order to go forwards.

“I enjoyed the track, it was good fun. Amazing scenery, obviously not seeing this in the race! Really nice location in the centre of Paris. It’s a fast track, some fairly fast corners. It’s quite a fun track to drive.”

The Berlin ePrix takes place on Saturday 21st May

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