The first ever Formula E champion claimed his maiden pole around the streets of Hong Kong.
While pre-season testing in the summer appeared promising, nobody was quite prepared for both NEXTEV drivers to spring to the top of the timesheets and lock out the front row.
“Off-season testing is not on a street track, so the first time we can put the car to a real test is at the first race of the season,” said Piquet.
“Hong Kong it was our first opportunity to really experience our new technology, which means that post-event there is a huge amount of work to do to look at all the data and evaluate the new parts that were introduced. We work between every race to make the next one the best that we can.”
NEXTEV faces a tough battle to stay ahead of the rest of the grid as other teams have also spent their time between races trying to improve their package. A repeat of Hong Kong could be a tall ask – but no one will know until the first free practice session in Marrakesh.
“We were very happy to qualify on the front row, but I think it’s going to depend on the track. Hong Kong was a really tough track and Oliver and I have shown before that we do well on complex circuits. Oliver showed it in London and we both demonstrated it in Hong Kong.”
“If Marrakesh is difficult then I can see a repeat. The track seems like it might be a bit wider and therefore easier. If this is the case, it will rely less on the skill of the driver and will make the competition tighter. Looking at the worst case, I would say we would be in the top six or eight, but we are aiming for Super Pole again.”
“I think it’s going to be a faster track because it’s built for racing and other series have been there before. It’s not going to be as urban or bumpy as other places we usually go so it might be a slightly different challenge. It will be an interesting city to race in though, and I’m looking forward to getting back on track.”
The Marrakesh ePrix begins on 12th November at 4pm