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Oliver Turvey: “Monaco is a challenge”

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Oliver Turvey spoke of the challenges that awaited him and his team during this weekend’s Monaco E-Prix, Round seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

The NIO 333 Formula E team have scored eighteen points this season after six rounds, with Diriyah E-Prix Round two and Rome E-Prix Round four as two of the most successful for the team.

It’s gonna be super cool to race on the full track. All drivers here wanted to race here, it’s super special to get a chance to.” said the thirty-four-year-old Briton.

This year, he and his teammate Tom Blomqvist will be racing on the full Circuit de Monaco track for the first time in the Formula E Championship, as previous editions of the track skipped the climb to Casino Square entirely.

NIO 333 has had a better season this year than they have had in the last two years, with improvements made on the car that made it possible for them to qualify in the top six in the race in the DHL Valencia E-Prix.

Turvey won a race in Monaco during his 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season, driving for Carlin Motorsport on the full track.

He spoke of some of the challenges he would face tomorrow: “Ondulations will be tricky, the entry into the Casino over the crest, the downhill section as well. It’s gonna be tricky in these cars. We don’t have as much downforce as the other single seaters, they move around a lot.”

The NIO 333 team have good qualifying pace, but as seen in Valencia, they could not quite put everything together for a good result. However, Turvey said the track did not improve much unlike some other tracks on the calendar.

Maximizing the points is one of NIO’s top objectives for tomorrow in Monaco.

Round seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will start at 08:00 CET (07:00 BST) for Free Practice One, and the race will be at 16:00 CET (15:00 BST).

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