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Collision Spoils Nasr Debut; Positive for Future Races

Felipe Nasr positive about Formula E future despite collision spoiling his first race…

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Felipe Nasr believes that an incident with Oliver Turvey in the early stages of the Mexico City E-Prix denied him a possible points scoring debut.

The GEOX Dragon driver, who got his first Formula E race start after replacing Max Guenther at the American team, was spun around by NIO’s Oliver Turvey.

“I was hit from behind by Turvey which was really tough to take,” Nasr told e-racing365.

“I was able to avoid all that chaos in the front and I was running within the pack, the pace was looking good and then by lap three I went to take the Attack Mode.

“But as soon as I was aiming for the activation zone I just got a big hit from behind.”

The resulting contact damaged the floor, diffuser and suspension of Nasr’s Penske EV-3 but he forged on at the rear of the field to finish 19th.

“We kept going, but it was just really, really difficult to drive the car,” he said.

“I came here raw and just did a few simulator laps but I found the positives in improvement from session to session and being able to keep the car on track. I haven’t even seen these cars before.”

Nasr said that despite the disappointment of the race he was upbeat about future events after out-qualifying teammate Jose Maria Lopez and getting to grips quickly with the all-electric series.

The Brazilian also believes that the in-season testing day at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday will pay dividends for the future.

“It was my first full day in a Formula E car and I’m sure that it will give me a much better preparation, much better understanding how to bring the car into the limit.

“It will be much better preparation for the next race. I’m looking forward to it now.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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