NIO333 driver Oliver Turvey says that his performance during the Diriyah E-Prix weekend will give the new-look team renewed optimism for the remainder of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.
Turvey qualified a remarkable tenth for the first encounter before slipping to an eventual 15th, but the Sunday race saw him climb from 17th to a tenth over-the-line finish.
This was then elevated to ninth when Sebastien Buemi’s penalty for dangerously rejoining the circuit after his incident with Antonio Felix da Costa was applied.
When additional penalties for Andre Lotterer, Maximilian Guenther and Nyck de Vries were also handed out, all for safety car sanctions, Turvey was temporarily looking at a remarkable sixth-place classification.
However, Turvey got his own disqualification penalty for the overpower of his NIO333 powertrain. E-racing365 understands that a small bug in the software was to blame for the penalty.
The root cause was that the vast changes made at the team during the off-season ensured that rewritten software code had to be applied in a extremely concentrated period of time.
Speaking before he was disqualified for going over the allocated 200 kW power use, Turvey said that expectations had been massively exceeded after the trials and tribulations of last season and the volatile off-season period.
“Heading into the weekend it was the aim just to be able to race finish the race. I think we made some really good progress since then though,” Turvey told e-racing365.
“On the Saturday we had a tough race but qualified well and on Sunday we made a major improvement and were able to get stuck in to the race a fair bit.
“The aim was to take advantage of chaotic situations and to get home with some points which we did.”
Turvey also praised the more positive ambience in the team and said that it contributed to a more “buoyant” atmosphere in the NIO333 squad.
“This weekend the feeling within the team was just a bit more buoyant than it was last week, last month, last year, so there are things to look forward to which if we had spoken a few months ago might not have seemed the case,” he said.
“Obviously last year was very frustrating but it is over now and we are all being positive despite knowing that we will be really up against it at some races.
“I think we can be more in the race this season and hopefully we can keep improving. I think we can be hunting and scoring points on a regular basis but we just have to keep this level of improvement going now.”