NIO333 driver Oliver Turvey says he is looking forward to being a crucial component in developing and re-building the team after significant changes for the new season.
NIO has new owners and technical partners this season after being acquired by the Lisheng Company through its Brilliance in Excellence affiliate operation.
Additionally, NIO333 has also employed QEV Technologies as an additional operational and technical partner for its restructured squad to run the 2019-20 campaign.
Turvey, who is believed to have had a longstanding agreement to race for the team, thinks that the changes in the team’s structure and its short-term aims will require him to take on a key development role.
“It was good to be back on track. I don’t think it is a secret that there has been a lot of changes in the team over the summer and also with the car, so this week we’ve been on the back foot and we have a lot of catching up to do,” Turvey told e-racing365.
“We made some progress through the test and now we just have to keep on improving.
“It is still good to be part of the team and I see my role now as developing it and bringing on the whole car and project, so in that sense it is quite exciting.”
E-racing365 revealed earlier this month that NIO had decided to modify its technical setup for the coming season, discarding the majority of its previous powertrain setup and utilizing Dragon/Penske’s motors from last season.
Turvey says that an “underdog” spirit could see the team get up to speed and challenge for results after the inevitable learning phase with the new team structure and technical package.
“We will be the underdog definitely but hopefully we can get some good results especially after last year it will be great to claim some better results,” said Turvey.
“We have retained some of the engineers from last year like Christian [Silk] and also Barry [Mortimer] so we have some continuity allied to some new guys who also know Formula E (QEV Technologies).
“Here in Valencia it is just about discovering things and ironing out any problems to make sure we arrive at the first race in the best possible shape.
“It’s not going to be easy with all the changes and for sure we will be learning through the first races. The level of competition is only getting higher, but we will see what we can do.”