Italy’s spectacular capital, the ancient city of Rome, welcomes the ultra-modern ABB FIA Formula E Championship this Saturday, 13th April, for round seven of the current campaign where NIO aims to get its ‘European season’ off to a productive start.
This weekend’s GEOX Rome E-Prix marks the first of five Formula E races in continental Europe, the championship having criss-crossed the globe over the course of the opening six rounds with visits to the Middle East, North Africa, the Americas and, most recently, NIO’s home events in Hong Kong and China.
While Season 5 has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the NIO Formula E Team thus far, with some harsh misfortune along the way, there have also been positives with points finishes in the Santiago E-Prix and Hong Kong E-Prix for Oliver Turvey.
Last time out in the Sanya E-Prix, the team worked tirelessly to deliver more championship points for NIO on home soil but in the end, a red flag interrupted and full-course yellow concluded race saw Turvey finish in P12 and team-mate Tom Dillmann in P13.
As Formula E arrives back in Europe with a welcome return to the Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR, the NIO Fromula E Team is hungry to make a return to the championship points with both its drivers.
Oliver Turvey, Race Driver, NIO Formula E Team:
“I am really looking forward to going back to race in Rome, it is one of my favourite cities and a great place to start the European races in Formula E. The track is one of the longest and most challenging, with some steep gradients and tricky braking zones. The atmosphere was fantastic last year, with a lot of passionate Italian fans, so I will give it my best to put on a strong race and to score more points for the team.”
Tom Dillmann, Race Driver, NIO Formula E Team:
“It will be my first time on the Rome track but, having watched it on TV last year, it looks like a very spectacular layout and one I’m really looking forward to driving. We have been making progress at each event, which is obviously very important and shows things are moving in the right direcrtion. My goal of the weekend in Italy will be to seize every point we possibly can.”
Gérry Hughes, Team Principal, NIO Formula E Team:
“After such a hectic start to Season 5 where Teams have been globe-trotting since last December, it is always nice to come back to Europe to what in essence, marks the start of the second half of the season.
Making a welcome return to the historic city of Rome, the NIO Formula E Team will be hoping to make a positive start around the 2.87 km, 21 turn challenging street circuit and whilst this has most certainly not been the season that we had hoped for, we are unwaiving in our pursuit for more performance from the NIO 004 chassis. And whilst the weather does not currently look favourable for Saturday’s race, we are hoping for a ray of sunshine for the NIO Formula E Team come the chequered flag.”
Rd 7 Schedule, Saturday, 13th April: GEOX Rome E-Prix
(all times local)
07.30 – Free Practice 1
10.00 – Free Practice 2
11.45 – Qualifying Group 1
11.55 – Qualifying Group 2
12.05 – Qualifying Group 3
12.15 – Qualifying Group 4
12.30 – Superpole (Top 6)
16.03 – Race (45mins +1 lap)
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