After a satisfying season-opener in Hong Kong, the NEXTEV Nio team now moves on to Marrakesh, aiming for another strong performance in the ‘Red City’.
The 2.97km long Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakesh is the second longest track used by Formula E to date. NEXTEV driver Oliver Turvey described the new track as “an exciting one, with some faster corners and plenty of straights offering many overtaking opportunities. The first sector looks particularly thrilling with two fast long corners.”
Team mate Nelson Piquet Jr rated the track as a fast one. “Marrakesh was built for racing and the track is slightly wider. We will keep assessing our strong areas and looking at areas for improvement so that we know the direction that we need to move in.”
Having taken Pole Position at the Hong Kong ePrix, Piquet Jr scored three points for the team. He narrowly missed out on the points, finishing in eleventh after an incorrect strategy was taken. It’s the main reason why the 31-year-old is eager to get back behind the wheel. “My objective is to see the real potential of the car and score as many points as we can,” he said. After scoring four points as eighth in the last race, Turvey is “aiming to go one better in qualifying and to convert this in the race.”
On Saturday, November 12th 2016, the Moroccan city Marrakesh will be the 14th different city to host a Formula E race.