Still looking for that winning formula

Date: Monday 7th August 2017

IT’S been an up and down season for Langwathby’s Oliver Turvey in the 2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship which concluded in Canada.

Despite finishing his last two races in 15th and 16th position for his NextEV NIO Formula-e team — there has been a lot to shout about, not least the fact he celebrated his 30th birthday in April at the top of the grid in Mexico after securing his first ever Formula E pole position in qualifying.

He said: “It was a shame to end the season like this but we have to take some positives from the year.

“I got my first Formula E pole position in Mexico and led a race and to finish sixth in the manufacturers’ championship was a step forward from last year. So, hopefully, we can build on that for next season.”

Unfortunately, the season’s moments of brilliance were often followed by agonising disappointment.

Turvey said: “It was great to get pole position, my first in Formula E, and to get some points on the board before the race even started.

“The start of the race went well and I was leading for the first stages. I could see that Jose Mario Lopez and I were pulling a gap and then, on lap 13, when I was exiting the last chicane the car cut off and went into neutral. We need to understand why that happened.

“I tried to reset the car, but it wouldn’t work so that was the end of the race. It’s such a shame to go out of the race in the lead, but at least we showed we had the pace (to compete).”

Prior to the race in Canada, Turvey said he was really looking forward to going to Montreal as he had always wanted to visit Canada, and Montreal in particular.

“It’s a fantastic place to host the finale of season four,” he said. However, after feeling confident going into qualifying, he said the track seemed to change and unfortunately he clipped the wall, which cost a lot of time and a potential top 10 qualifying position.

“Starting at the back is always hard. I had quite a good start and the pace appeared good in the opening laps, but the second stint was much harder and in the end we couldn’t keep position,” said Turvey.

After joining the Formula E series for the season one finale in London, Oliver Turvey has become an important member of the NextEV NIO Formula-e team, who finished sixth in the manufacturers’ championship this season, having scored 59 points.

The 2017-18 FIA Formula E Championship is due to start in Hong Kong with a double-header race weekend in December.