Double Points Finish for NIO 333 Formula E Team in the Eternal City
The final day in the Eternal City for Round 5 of the 2022 FIA Formula E World Championship has produced the results that the NIO 333 Formula E Team has been working so hard toward.
Oliver Turvey drove a momentous race from the back of the grid in his #3 NIO 333 001 challenger to take the chequered flag in P7 at the Rome E-Prix today. Team-mate and Formula E Rookie Dan Ticktum clinched his maiden World Championship point in the #33 to secure the team’s first double points finish since the Buenos Aires E-Prix in 2017.
The 333 Racing squad will now prepare for the Monaco E-Prix on Saturday 30th April and head to the Principality with seven FIA Formula E World Championship points and in 9th position in the 2022 Teams’ Championship standings.
Oliver Turvey, NIO 333 FE 001 #8
Qualifying Group B – Race Grid Position: P22
Round 5, Race Result: P7
“What a race! I am really pleased to finish P7 from the back of the grid. I felt we executed a perfect race strategy, saving energy at the beginning and using it after the safety car with the attack mode to make some crucial overtaking. I took every opportunity, and I’m delighted for the team after all the hard work they have put in recently. It was a fantastic feeling to cross the line to score the first points of the season for the team.”
Dan Ticktum, #33 NIO 333 FE 001
Qualifying Group A – Race Grid Position: P20
Round 5, Race Result: P11 (P10 after post-race penalties applied)
“I feel like today was a series of missed opportunities really. Qualifying could have been a lot better than it was; we had a problem with the brakes, and I feel like I could have been in the Top 5, maybe even into the Duels. Kudos to the team for all the work that they’ve put in behind the scenes getting us to the point where we’ve got a car that can be fighting for nearly Top Ten in Qualy. There were a number of events in the race that hindered me, I just stayed out of trouble, and nothing really went my way, but I am happy for the team that we brought home a Championship point and I am looking forward to getting back into the car in Monaco in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Russell O’Hagan, NIO 333 FE COO/ Deputy Team Principal
“It’s been a real rollercoaster of a day which started with a very strong performance from Dan in FP3. Frustratingly, we under performed in qualifying, but ultimately that allowed us the opportunity to be bold on race strategy. Our engineering team and Oliver delivered a perfect race to fight from 22nd on the grid up to 7th, making the most of every opportunity that came our way. They nailed every element of it – it was genuinely excellent! We got very close to Dan collecting points as well at the end of the race on merit, just missing out in 11th, but to then swiftly secure 10th position after a post-race penalty for Askew ([Andretti] is just reward for Dan’s solid race on a more standard strategy.
A huge thank you to the whole team here, everyone back at Silverstone and those in Shanghai who are staying strong during difficult conditions over there. This is a well-deserved reward for their hard work and resilience, and I am very proud of everyone at the team.”
Round 6 of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place on the streets of Monte Carlo, in the Principality of Monaco, on Saturday 30th April.