The NIO Formula E team are looking to kick-start their season five campaign in Marrakesh by scoring points which they failed to do in Saudi Arabia.
The Chinese team only managed to secure 13th and 15th in the opening round of the season, but Team Principal Gerry Hughes is confident the team improve in Marrakesh, as last season they showed good pace in the race, but failed to score points after Oliver Turvey retired.
“Marrakesh is a track where we have exhibited good pace previously,” said Hughes. “I sincerely hope that this year is no different. We will be looking to turn around our misfortunes from Saudi Arabia and make sure the drivers start from the sharp end of the grid for the race on Saturday, thereby giving them a significantly higher chance of a double-points finish for the team.”
Turvey is confident the team can aim for points in Marrakesh, as the Brit believes the car has shown potential in testing and in Riyadh.
“I am looking forward to racing in Marrakesh after having a strong race there last year. The track is fast, flowing, with a number of overtaking opportunities, so I will be aiming for a point scoring result for NIO,” said Turvey.
Tom Dillmann will be making his first appearance at Marrakesh and the French driver is hopeful for a better weekend in Marrakesh.
“Marrakesh is one of the ‘traditional’ Formula E races now but it is one of the few tracks that I will need to learn this season as I have not raced on the track before. I look forward to really getting our season underway after a very challenging start in Riyadh,” said Dillmann.