NIO 333 Formula E Team endured a challenging weekend in the 5th round of the 2019 - 2020 FIA ABB Formula E championship. The Chinese team faced various problems during the series’ only visit to the continent of Africa as Oliver Turvey and Ma Qinghua continue to battle through difficulties and finished the race in 21st and 23rd place.
The team showed some progress in the two free practice sessions. British star Oliver Turvey ranked 16th and 19th to show the team’s potential to fight well within the midfield. However, the Qualifying session did not go to plan for the Chinese team, Oliver Turvey and Ma Qinghua started from the19th and 21st on the grid.
The race commenced in the typical Moroccan sunshine. With the extremely close fight in the midfield and the tightness on energy management, the team knew there were still chances in the race. However, Oliver Turvey had to serve a drive through penalty due to a technical infringement and Ma Qinghua had also visited the pit lane for a jump start. Failing to engage in the close fights, the team had to accept the tough race.
After the challenging race, the team operated by Chinese motorsport industry giant Lisheng Racing Co. LTD knows there is still a distance to the automotive giants of the world participating in Formula E. However, more experience on track means more valuable data to help the team move forward. The Chinese team knows miracle won’t happen overnight, and it takes time and effort to achieve the target.
The team will utilise a 5-week break before the Rome ePrix to continue its catch up.
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“It was a difficult day, we had a few issues in free practice. The qualifying was a clean lap, my best of the weekend, although we found an issue after the session which cost us some lap time. We had a reasonable start to the race keeping with the pack, but unfortunately an issue meant we got a drive through penalty so spent most of the race on my own. We still have a lot of work to do to find a better race pace. We improved from the last races so we will keep aiming to improve every area for the next race.”
“It's a tough weekend struggling for the pace the whole time. Unfortunately due to a system error, I wasn’t able to show my best performance today. I’m happy to be able to finish the race. The team put in quite a lot of effort today and we can see some improvements. We will keep fighting.”
"Formula E is a fair race and from the result of this weekend, there is quite a gap between us and the other competitors. However, internally we have been able to fix some fundamental issues and see quite an improvement in reliability after these races. But Rome was not built in a day. We will make our best effort to close the gap until we could match them. I would also like to thank our two drivers and the work they have done. "
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