The NextEV NIO Formula E Team are fully focussed on scoring the teams’ first podium position since season one at the Mexico City ePrix this weekend.
The Chinese/British outfit, backed by electric and automated car manufacturer NIO, currently lies in fourth place in the teams’ table and had their most successful race of the season last time out in Buenos Aires with a double points finish.
Season one Champion Nelson Piquet Jr believes that a podium is a realistic goal.
“We are still pushing hard to close the gap to the teams at the very top,” said the Brazillian, “but we believe that if everything works out and we have a perfect race then we can crack the top three and try to get our first podium since season one.”
Teammate Oliver Turvey has consistently finished in the points at every race this season and is looking towards a strong performance in qualifying to help bolster their race changes.
“I got to grips with the Mexico City track quickly last year so I will be aiming to continue our strong qualifying form this year,” said the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner, “I will be pushing to get into superpole [and] to be in a position to race for the top step of the podium.”
Gérry Hughes, NextEV NIO Team Principal believes that the circuit suits their car and is looking forward to unlocking the potential in their latest challenger.
“The Mexico City Formula E circuit is an unusual blend of F1 track and street circuit characteristics,” said Hughes, “the combination of the stadium section and the kerbs should play to the strengths of the team’s chassis.
“Moving up to fourth in the team’s championship after Buenos Aires was a great reward for everyone in the team, but we need to keep pushing hard to keep advancing.”
The Mexcio City ePrix takes place around a tweaked Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit and combines the characteristics of a traditional circuit, with high kerbs of a street circuit.
The entire race event will take place over one full day on April 1.