Turvey looking for improvements in Berlin
After initially being sidelined for the Berlin ePrix, Oliver Turvey will be in the cockpit following the cancellation of his first choice this weekend, the Super GT series.
After a calendar clash left Turvey opting to race in the Autopolis GT 300km, NEXTEV TCR had announced that Ben Hanley would deputise and race in Berlin alongside Nelson Piquet Jr. However, following the tragic earthquake that left the circuit damaged and unusable, the team welcomed Turvey back to the cockpit.
Ahead of the weekend, Turvey believes improvements need to be made to the car if they are to challenge at the front, and believes in his own ability to collect strong results with competitive enough machinery.
The Londoner not only believes in his driving ability, but also sees his background in engineering as an advantage when it comes to racing.
You will be racing this weekend after all, but perhaps not under the best circumstances…
“Obviously it’s a shame what happened in Japan with the earthquake, that area has been pretty badly affected and the track got damaged. My thoughts are still with all the people in Japan who were affected and hopefully we can go back and race there later this year to race in front of those fans. I’m grateful that NEXTEV were able to give me the opportunity to carry on here in Berlin and I’m looking forward to racing.”
So with that opportunity what sort of result are you expecting this weekend?
“Well this whole season has been challenging for us, we know there’s some limitation with our package which is difficult to improve within the regulations, we have to just keep trying to improve. Last time out we had our best qualifying in P7, so that was a good result. I got a best race result of sixth in Beijing so I think that if we can improve on our best results that will be a good aim.”
Looking forward to season three, are you planning on stay with NEXTEV or are you looking elsewhere?
“I don’t know, I’ve enjoyed being in Formula E and NEXTEV were the first team to give me an opportunity to be a part of this championship and I’ve always been very loyal to people who have supported me. I’d like to continue but at the minute I don’t know, it depends on different things so we’ll see.”
Has your engineering degree helped you with the understanding of the car and how Formula E works?
“I think it does, I feel as though my engineering background helps me in all my racing, especially in Formula E because of the new technology. It’s quite important getting the feeling of the regeneration and braking into the corner and being able to maximise the potential of your package in terms of managing the energy, getting a good balance and being energy-efficient in the race. It really suits my analytical driving style, I think that’s why I’ve been able to adapt to Formula E quickly and been competitive this year against Nelson. I’ve shown what I can do this season, so it’s a benefit and if we have the package to fight for wins I’m pretty confident I can.”
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