The NIO 333 ABB FIA Formula E Team endured a difficult day in the Monte Carlo ePrix on Saturday. Starting the race from 21st place, Tom Blomqvist came through to finish the event in 15th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Challenging day – we didn’t have much pace so we need to understand why this was as we couldn’t have got much more out of our race today. We will use these weeks up until the Mexico E-Prix to analyse all the data and try to come up with solutions to improve our package. Let’s see what we can learn in this break and try to implement some solutions so that we are more consistently fighting for points.”
Oliver Turvey started the race from 22nd place and came home in 19th respectively and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“It was a tough day. In practice we were struggling to find a good feeling with the brakes, but I managed to put in a decent lap in FP2. Unfortunately, in qualifying the first half of my lap was good, but then I clipped the wall. The times were so close today that we ended up too far back on the grid to make much of an impression in the race. However, I did manage to get a decent start and made up a few positions in the first corners.
I was then just unfortunate at the hairpin; going on the outside I got caught up with the incident ahead and that compromised the rest of my race. I did get in some good battles though, but it was a tough race to find a good rhythm. We need to understand why that was and come back stronger for the next race.”
NIO 333 ABB FIA Formula E Team Principal Christian Silk commented saying:
It is not the weekend we had hoped for when we came here. We struggled to get the most out of the cars in qualifying and, as we knew going into this race, qualifying is everything as it’s so difficult to overtake in Monaco.
Having said that our race pace looked good; I think that we fell victim of where we qualified. The drivers did a good job, the team controlled the race well, but having qualified so far back it was always going to be very difficult to climb in to points scoring positions.
We now have a few weeks back at base for the engineers to spend some time looking at the data from this weekend. We need to understand what happened in qualifying and come back stronger for the Mexico events.