NIO 333 Formula E team looking to build upon positive start in Rome

The NIO 333 Formula E team, partnered by Acronis, is looking to build on the positive start made to its 2021 championship campaign when racing returns to the historic capital city of Rome.

In the opening round of racing in Ad Diriyah, stalwart driver Oliver Turvey showed his class, finishing tenth in the opening race before making the Super Pole shootout a day later and piloting his car to a superb sixth place finish.

“After a positive start to the season in Riyadh, I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car for two races on the streets of Rome,” commented Turvey. “It’s one of my favourite cities and the new layout looks like an exciting challenge with the same big gradient changes, but a number of new corners making it one of the longest tracks of the season.

“Since the opening races, I have spent time with the team at our recent development tests and preparing on the simulator for this new layout. After scoring points in the first two races, I will be aiming to continue our progress with more points for the team in Rome.”

The Rome double header features a new track layout around Palazzo dei Congressi and the iconic Palazzo della Civilta Italiana. And with NIO 333 FE Team Reserve Driver Adam Carroll unable to join the team due to a scheduled racing commitment, the team is excited to welcome Italian racer and TV commentator Luca Filippi for stand-by duties.

“After the strong showing in Diriyah everyone at 333 Racing is really fired up to be returning to Rome,” added Christian Silk, NIO 333 Formula E Team Principal. “Obviously, it is a beautiful city and the revised circuit layout is as challenging as ever. With 19 turns through the narrow and bumpy streets this circuit is really challenging for the drivers.

“Extracting the most from the cars in qualifying will be a challenge as being a street track there will be plenty of track improvement during the session. For the races there are two or three really good overtaking points, so I expect hard racing.

“Between the last race and this one we have been busy testing, both in the virtual world and on track, and making good progress. It will be interesting to see how we perform on a more traditional street circuit. The developments made in testing have certainly made us stronger, so we are really looking forward to showing what NIO 333 can do against the bigger factory teams.”

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