NEXTEV TCR Hope Improvements Come in Buenos Aires


FIA Formula E Championship 2015/16. Julius Baer Punta Del Este ePrix, Punta Del Este, Uruguay. Practice Session 2. Nelson Piquet (BRA), NEXTEV TCR FormulaE 001 Punta Del Este, Uruguay, South America. Saturday 19 December 2015 Photo: Adam Warner / LAT/FE ref: Digital Image _L5R1245

NEXTEV TCR driver Nelson Piquet Jr will be hoping to claim another podium at the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 6th, whilst his teammate Oliver Turvey experiences the circuit for the first time.

Piquet Jr, whom is familiar with the Argentinian circuit, will be hoping to score his second podium there in two years after the current FIA Formula E Champion stood on the final podium position.

The track in Buenos Aires is a really fun track,” claimed Piquet Jr. “We scored a podium here last year. Obviously we are having a tough season so far, so this race will be another challenge for us but we will be fighting hard for points.

As of current, Turvey and Piquet Jr sit 13th and 16th position in the drivers’ standings whilst the team lie at the very bottom of the teams’ standings with just 12 points in total, far off from the team’s previous winning ways throughout the 2014/15 season.

Since Punta del Este, I have spent some time with the engineers on the simulator to prepare for my first race in Buenos Aires,” explained Turvey. “The track seems fast with some long straights and big braking zones, so I am excited to race on this track.

The team has been working hard since the last race and I feel well prepared and we are aiming to make some steps forward together.

As of yet, the team are still to finish in any position higher than sixth position, with Turvey already having experienced one DNF so far this year whilst Piquet Jr failed to score points completely in the opening round.

Steven Lu, NEXTEV TCR Team Principal, said: “…I am glad to be visiting Buenos Aires again for a second season. We were very close to scoring more points in Punta del Este, and the test on Sunday was very encouraging.

We have been working on a few updates in the last month and we are expecting some improvement in Buenos Aires. We have a new simulation facility for our drivers and we believe that will help a lot in the preparation of the upcoming weekend.”

With the recent upgrades and new simulator, based in Europe, for the drivers to prepare for race weekends on, Martin Leach, who is President of NETEV, also hopes that there will be improvement at the upcoming event in Argentina.

“We are looking forward to making further progress on our car set-up for qualifying and the race in Argentina,” admitted Leach. “We have been working very hard with our new simulator back in Europe, with driver and race engineers having the chance to work together to test and optimise their set-up strategies.”