Turvey taking positives from performance despite thermal issues


Oliver Turvey says that he is taking the positives from his Buenos Aires ePrix weekend despite his car suffering from overheating towards the end of the race.

Turvey managed to qualify for the super pole shootout, and were it not for a lock up he felt he could have been higher up than his fourth place grid slot.

He quickly moved up into third place in the race after passing Lucas di Grassi, underlining the pace of his NextEV TIO.

However a poor pit stop saw him drop three places, and issues with overheating in his car saw his pace drop, with the Brit eventually limping home in ninth.

Turvey was eager to emphasise the positives from the weekend though, and was pleased with the competitiveness the car showed.

“It was great to get both cars to Super Pole and it was a shame I had a lock up as I think we could have been battling for pole,” Turvey said.

“In the race I made a good start and felt good in the first part of the stint. I was quicker than Di Grassi, able to overtake him and was pleased to move up to P3.

“When we made the pitstop it felt smooth, but when I came out I had lost three positions so we need to understand what happened there.

“We struggled in the second stint with some thermal issues due to the high humidity.

“We have to take the positives from the weekend; getting to Super Pole, having a car that we can fight for pole with and running in P3 in the first half of the race is a good place to be.”

Things went slightly smoother for his team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr however, with his car proving to be more reliable.

The Brazilian kept his fifth place from the start, and stayed there for the rest of the race.

Speaking after the race Piquet said, “We were able to have a bit of a battle here and there but in these kind of races you have to judge what is worth fighting and what we need to do to manage the energy, so I worked to manage the race as best I could.

“In general it was a satisfactory race and we can take positives in that we are not far off the leaders, which is good.”

It meant that it was NextEV’s first double points finish of the season, meaning they now sit in fourth in the team’s championship.