Nio 333 Formula E Team Disappointed To Be In Last
NIO 333 Formula E Team is disappointed to be in last despite a big leap from last year
The Chinese Formula E Team has scored points in 5 out of the 9 races so far this year. Oliver Turvey's sixth place finish at the Saudi Arabian E-Prix is the teams best result of the gen 2 era. With 6 races still to be held in the Formula E season they have already overcome their points tally from the last two seasons. They currently sit 12th in the points standings 24 points behind the Dragon Penske team. Chief Technical Officer Duncan Laycock is really pleased with the boost in performance from last year but was expecting to be further up the points standings.
“Yeah, there’s a certain element of that,”
“We definitely set our hopes higher than that, but if you look at the number of winners there have been so far this year and if you look at how close qualifying is, I think we can be proud of what we’ve achieved, just because it’s become ultra-competitive and all of the teams have closed up, and the time covering the entire grid is really quite small.
“Yes, we’d like to be higher placed than we are now. Our original aim was to score some points, which we’ve achieved, but given our early performances in the year we’ve raised our expectations and we would like to move up - whether or not we manage that or not remains to be seen.
“I think the good start to the year definitely reset our goals for the remainder of the year.“
Duncan Laycock still believes that a move up the standings is still possible in the remainder of the season.
“You can see from Venturi’s weekend in Mexico,” he said. “It’s not like there’s anybody that’s a runaway leader. You can get two podiums and suddenly you find yourself leading the championship.
“So with a couple of good results we can make some big steps up the championship and that’s how Dragon has found themselves so many points ahead of us. They have had a couple of opportunities, Riyadh being the main one.
“They definitely maximised when others were failing and therefore they got a big points haul.
“People seem to have got their acts together now, so it’s a little bit more status quo in the pecking order, but we are still hopeful we can take advantage and increase our performance and we can make a step.”
“From the seasons before where the team was effectively a number of seconds off the back of the pack, we’ve definitely managed to put ourselves in the mix where we are regular midfielders, occasional points scorers, and our plan is to be regular points scorers and edging towards that ever-elusive podium,” said Laycock. “That’s where we’d like to be.
“I don’t think we can put the car on pole without advantageous circumstances, but we can get ourselves into the top 10 on merit alone.“
The Nio 333 team will be relocating to Silverstone later in the season in September as part of a plan to bring its whole UK team under one roof. This will be an improvement as of now they have 2 separate bases in Donington Park and Oxford.