An edge-of-the-seat Mexico City ePrix saw the NIO Formula E team duo, Oliver Turvey and Tom Dillmann fail to pick up points which adds to their disappointing season five.
Turvey and Dillmann put in a solid qualifying session to end up tenth and thirteenth, but that turned out to be the only highlight in their weekend.
“Unfortunately qualifying was so close,” said Turvey. “We were only a couple of tenths away from Superpole and ended up P10,”
Dillmann was happier with qualifying, sighting the progress that the team have made since the beginning of the season.
“It was good to have a trouble-free practice and a solid qualifying. We have definitely made progress but there is a long way to go,” said the Frenchmen
Despite a mutual feeling that they were heading in the right direction, the fourth race of the 2018-2019 season took a turn for the worse for both drivers, who were shuffled to 12th and 16th by the end of the first lap.
Having been edged to 14th, Turvey was able to finish his race 12th, with Dillmann’s more erratic race ending in 15th.
“The start of the race was tricky, I think we were just in the wrong place which was unfortunate,” Turvey noted. “I was trying to hold position and fight for points but I struggled to hold on and manage the energy, so we had to settle for P12 in the end.”
NIO Formula E Team Principal Gérry Hughes stated that, however thrilling the race was, the end result was far from what the team had strived for after first practice.
“Whilst the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez has delivered another thrilling race, the final results were not what we had hoped for coming into this weekend.”
“The result today does not reflect the commitment that the whole team continues to apply to optimise the performance of the NIO 004 chassis and the test event tomorrow [Sunday] gives us yet another opportunity to accrue more mileage, enabling us to continue to reduce the deficit to our competitors..” said Hughes.