The NextEV NIO Formula E team returns to the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin for the first of three double-header race events, as a part of the 2016/17 campaign. The track layout has changed since the début ePrix back in 2015.
“Given the nature of the venue, the track surface is unique and understanding how to extract the best from the tyres will bring dividends in terms of outright performance and stint durability. Whilst we have prior knowledge of the venue, with a revised circuit layout for Season 3, we are essentially starting from a new baseline”, explained Team Principal Gerry Hughes.
“Both drivers have completed sessions in the DIL simulator to undertake pre-event simulation workloads in preparation for our first double-header race event of the season.” The revised 2.27km layout is completely new for Oliver Turvey, who wasn’t racing in season one.
“With a new track layout, and as our first double-header, it’s going to be an exciting weekend. I have friends and family coming over to support me so hopefully we can have a strong weekend and get on the podium. We’ve shown that we’ve got the pace, particularly in qualifying, so I’m hoping that we have a smooth and straight forward race to convert that into points”, said the 30-year-old.
Team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr will also join the action in the German capital. “It’s such a unique venue being in a disused airport and the track is interesting. We are making steady progress this season, but we still have potential that we need to convert to race results and we now have six races left to do that”, pointed out the Brazilian.
The first outing on track takes place at 8am on Saturday, 10th June.