NIO left Valencia last week feeling confident that they have drastically improved their car for season four.
The Chinese team had great pace in qualifying, as the team secured a front-row lockout in Hong Kong, but their race efficiency let them down as they tumbled down the order.
British driver Oliver Turvey was pleased with the cars overall pace during testing, as they weren’t focused on trying to be quick around the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
“We came to Valencia with some positive feelings,” said Turvey. “But you always want to see where you are relative to the competition. We had a great start; it’s always nice for everyone in the team to be quickest on the first day of testing, so I was pleased about that. We focused on running through our programme, not necessarily trying to be quick at this track and to learn as much as possible for Hong Kong.
“To be quickest again at the end of today’s running also shows that we have made a step forward and have a better understanding of the car. Everyone in the team has worked extremely hard this week, and I am feeling confident as we look ahead to Hong Kong,” said Turvey.
New driver Luca Filippi was happy with how testing progressed for NIO and is looking forward to turning his first lap in anger in Hong Kong.
“It was a productive week running through many things,” explained Filippi. “From a technical point of view the goal was to get ready for racing, so we mainly focused on race distance. We made a lot of progress doing this from my driving and strategic points of view and now we will analyse our data to try to understand where we are, but shall only really know this for sure once we take to the track in Hong Kong.
“We made a lot of progress doing this from my driving and strategic points of view, and now we will analyse our data to try to understand where we are, but shall only really know this for sure once we take to the track in Hong Kong.
“Regarding performance, I didn’t have many opportunities because we were concentrating on race distance from my side, but Oliver was very fast. We go home with a lot of data and, for sure, motivation, because we have everything aligned and now just need to look ahead to our arrival in Hong Kong,” said Filippi.