Oliver Turvey says that going off-strategy in last weekend’s Berlin E-Prix was the “right thing to do” as the NIO driver secured one of his best ABB FIA Formula E Championship results.
Turvey converted his front-row grid start into fifth at the checkered flag, marking his second-highest points finish of the season after claiming a podium at Mexico City in March.
The Briton opted to pit one lap earlier than his rivals after coming under pressure from Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi, during a period of energy saving behind the wheel of his NextEV NIO Sport 003.
Turvey emerged from the car swaps in third but later relinquished his podium position when both Vergne and Buemi, who had a lap of energy in hand, found a way past at the turn 10 left-hander with nine laps remaining.
“In the first few laps, Daniel Abt and I pulled a gap out on the guys behind,” Turvey told e-racing365.
“But then I was just trying to save as much energy as possible – we were over-saving a little bit. We changed the strategy midway through the stints and decided to pit a lap earlier than planned.
“That was mainly so we could hold the position and I think, in the end, that was the right thing to do.
“In the second stint, managing the energy at the start was again a little tricky. But after that we got into a good rhythm and found a good pace, considering we were on a lap longer. It was difficult to hold the guys back a bit later.”
Turvey said that even with the strategy change there was little that could be done to prevent the Audi pair of Abt and Lucas di Grassi from claiming a dominant 1-2 for the German manufacturer on home ground.
“When we changed strategy, I felt I could stay with the Audis but not be any quicker,” reflected Turvey.
“They were super quick, both of them. When I saw them carry on and I pitted a lap earlier, that was it. They had a big advantage today in the race.”
Fifth Was “Probably the Best Result”
When asked if he thought he could hold onto third, Turvey said that he felt a podium was on the cards but difficult to execute considering the pace of Vergne and Buemi in the Techeetah and Renault e.dams-prepared Renault Z.E. 17s.
“Yeah, I was hoping we could hold onto third,” he said.
“When we pulled away at the end of the first stint I thought we had a good chance, but it’s always difficult when someone has more energy in the second stint.
“I think in the end it would have been difficult to hold them behind. You can never know. I think with the pace we had, fifth was probably the best result.
“The team did a good job this weekend. We brought some improvements to the car and we’re just trying to improve, so we can challenge for a podium at every race.”