Turvey: “The track is a challenging one”
Oliver Turvey is looking forward to returning to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, where he aims to compete in the Super Pole and challenge for his first win in the series.
The NextEV driver praised the atmosphere of the Mexico City ePrix venue and believes that his form last season will set him up well to challenge for victory.
Turvey also described the nature of the Mexican circuit, where finding an optimal setup can prove tricky as teams look to make the best of a challenging circuit.
Last season was your first time competing in Mexico; how did you find the reception from the motorsport fans? What are you most looking forward to when you return?
“I really enjoyed racing in Mexico last year, there were a huge amount of fans who were passionate about motorsport and were excited for the first Formula E race in the country. I am looking forward to racing in front of a big crowd again and the great atmosphere at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.”
You finished 12th in last year’s race – what are your expectations and hopes for this season’s Mexico ePrix?
“I got to grips with the Mexico City track quickly last year so I will be aiming to continue our strong qualifying form this year and aim to get into Super Pole to be in a position to race for the top step of the podium.”
How do you rate the track in terms of complexity when compared to others on the calendar?
“The Mexico City track is a challenging one. It is a technical track, especially in the stadium section. The track has a lot of lateral braking and a number of chicanes, making it one of the most technical circuits on the Formula E calendar.”
Like the other tracks on the calendar, the Mexico circuit is made up of a variety of types of surface, what challenges does this raise and how do you approach them?
“The Mexico track is one of the more unique ones on the Formula E calendar, as it is part race track. That part is very smooth yet there are sections on the Formula E circuit that are bumpy, making set-up challenging. We will look at the different tarmac on the track walk on Friday morning and then get a feeling for the different surfaces and grip level in the free practice sessions.”
We saw ‘Robocar’, the world’s first driverless electric race car, shown at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. What’s your impression of this and what impact do you think it will have in motor racing, as well as the perception of electric and autonomous vehicles, particularly with the recent news that the NIO EP9 set an autonomous lap record at COTA?
“As well as electric cars, I think autonomous cars have a big future on the road, and I believe motorsport can be useful to develop the technology through competition, although I still feel the fans will want to see the human competition between drivers. The NIO EP9 is a hugely impressive fully electric supercar, shown by all the records it has set, and it continues by setting the fastest autonomous lap record at COTA, which makes me even more proud to be racing for NIO in Formula E.”
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EP9 image courtesy of NIO