Nelson Piquet Jr: “We’re starting from scratch this year”

The first ever Formula E Champion had a torrid 2015/16 season with an uncompetitive car that saw him finish 15th in the Drivers’ Championship

FIA Formula E Second Pre-Season Testing Event. Donington Park Racecourse, Derby, United Kingdom. Photo: Alastair Staley / LAT

Early signs point to a marked improvement for the NextEV team, something the Brazilian driver mentioned repeatedly in the final races of the season. Ahead of the Hong Kong ePrix, Piquet happy with the results of preseason testing.

“We have definitely made an improvement from last season and there has been a lot of hard work put into the new season three car,” he said.

“We’re essentially starting from scratch this year. We have a new car and also a brand new team. NextEV has put a lot of resource into making the best team possible, taking the operations in house.

“A lot of the previous staff were supplied by race outfit Campos, so for this season almost all the team personnel has changed. We’re effectively an all-new outfit heading into season three. We really are starting from square one.”

They may have overcome many hurdles, but Piquet praised the work of his team in forging ahead with the 2016/17 challenger.

“We had such a hard second season, so the team has put a huge amount of effort for a long time into making this new car the best possible. If results were dependent on how hard we are working and how much we effort and emotion we’ve put into season three, then I’m hoping that we will be celebrating like we were in season one.

“The whole team deserves victories and good moments. We’ve been preparing hard to get everything squared up as best we can. I’m sure we’re going to have a much better year.”

The Hong Kong ePrix begins at 9am on Sunday 9th October. Coverage starts at 8:30am on Channel 5

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