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NIO Boss Defiant Despite Points Drought

Hughes: NIO will not give up on Season Five despite scoring just six points from nine races…

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NIO team principal Gerry Hughes says that neither his technical team nor his drivers are the focus of the team’s disappointing ABB FIA Formula E Championship season in which it has accrued just six points from nine races.

The Chinese-owned team is currently on course to register the lowest points tally in Formula E history, previously set by the Trulli team which collated 14 points in the first season.

Hughes believes that NIO is still learning about the Gen 2 package it formed for the present season and will continue to try and develop its car as much as it can through the remaining four races.

“Ultimately, you know, the drivers (Oliver Turvey and Tom Dillmann) are doing a good job, they’re driving the car within let’s say the performance envelope they’ve been given to play with,” Hughes told e-racing365.

“We know where the problems are. I’m not going to go into where those issues are, but we’ve got a car which we’re still learning about and we are still extrapolating all of the performance out of it.

“We are still trying to make some changes, some of which we can affect in a short period of time and some will take much longer. Potentially, some of them we won’t be able to affect at all in this season.

“The engineers are working hard behind the scenes, so you know I won’t make any changes now in the middle of the season when our backs are up against the wall.”

Hughes, who officially took over the overall responsibility of leading the NIO team ahead of Season Four, says that he is not concentrating on changing its technical structure, despite the lack of results.

“You know, the outlook couldn’t really get anymore stark, but we are a team, we had the right structure, what we felt was the right structure going into Season Five,” he said.

“I suppose if you’d have asked me a question and we were second in the championship, 20 points behind the leaders, you know my answer would be the same, that the fact the structure is what the structure is, we don’t feel that that [the technical structure] is the limiting factor.

“Pure and simple the car is what we need to continue to work on, not the operational organization behind it.”

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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    Edward Hunter

    May 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Sounds to me like there are good people at Nio, but the leadership hasn’t been doing it’s job. Either Nio aren’t providing enough budget for the team, or Gerry Hughes has to carry the can for the car’s sheer lack of performance.

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