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NIO “Won’t Panic” After Poor Start

Gerry Hughes is regrouping his team after a disappointing start to Season Five…

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NIO won’t make immediate wholesale changes to its team and is looking to fight back after a disappointing start to its Season Five campaign, according to team principal Gerry Hughes.

The Anglo-Chinese operation again struggled to keep pace with its opposition during the first three rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season, although Oliver Turvey did score four points for an eighth-place finish in Santiago.

A series of operational errors in Saudi Arabia were followed by pace-sapping technical problems in Marrakesh, prompting a defiant Hughes to outline the team’s fightback strategy.

“We won’t panic, we will work through things and come back fighting,” Hughes told e-racing365 on the eve of the Santiago E-Prix.

“We will have to evaluate and address things and address the situation going forward, we always do that anyway.

“This is not going to be a case of turning the team upside down and changing technical people because we win and we lose together.”

Hughes said he believes that team errors have largely contributed to the poor starts, which have seen Turvey average a 17th-place start on the grid and Tom Dillmann average 20th.

“I think it is fair to say the problem doesn’t lie with the car,” said Hughes.

“As a team we need to have clean weekend’s and capitalize on getting good qualifying positions.

Hughes said he believes that Marrakesh, where both Turvey and Dillmann’s pace was severley compromized by an unspecified technical issue, was the nadir of their season.

“Marrakesh was probably the most challenging race performance since I started at this team at the end of 2015,” he said.

“I see it as a valuable lesson learned and we need to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”

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 Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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