Hong Kong was a supreme start to the Formula E season for Oliver Turvey and teammate Nelson Piquet Jr.
Turvey would have made his third consecutive Super Pole appearance were it not cancelled to keep to Formula E’s incredibly tight schedule. Amid delays and red flags, no one was able to beat the early pace of the NEXTEV NIO team, and the Brit started a series-best second next to Piquet on pole.
Early signs were promising, though the team struggled to convert a front row lockout into victory, though both drivers came away with points.
‘After the first round in Hong Kong, we had a debrief with the team engineers to understand the areas we could improve on together,’ said Turvey.
‘The engineering team has been working hard with the powertrain and the chassis to make further progress. We will be doing some more preparation on the simulator ahead of Marrakesh.’
These issues may not disappear overnight, however the extended break between Marrakesh and Buenos Aires will allow the team to make further tweaks based on the information learned in Morocco – and there’s no denying the difference to last season’s challenger is stark.
‘The new car is a big step forward from last season in all areas, with the main improvements being that the new NextEV powertrain is lighter and more efficient as well as improvements on the chassis and suspension to give a more stable car. The whole team has worked hard since last season so a massive thanks to them for this big step forward.’
Looking ahead to next Saturday, Turvey is optimistic the team can build on their impressive performance in Hong Kong, and go better.
‘The Marrakesh track looks an exciting one, with some faster corners and plenty of straights offering many overtaking opportunities. The first sector looks particularly exciting with two fast long corners,’ said Turvey.
‘My aim is always to win so I will be aiming to go one better in qualifying and to convert this in the race.’
The Marrakesh ePrix begins at 4pm GMT on Saturday 12th November, with qualifying at 12pm GMT.