- FAN ZONE
24 Jun 20
Oliver Turvey is looking to turn hard work during lockdown into points finishes when Formula E heads back to Berlin for a season-defining nine-day six-round showdown, starting August 5.
“Getting back into the car is going to be a really exciting moment and a super special feeling after so long. I can’t wait to get back on track,” said the Brit.
“It’s been a chance to speak with engineers and the team. There’s always work to be done and being away from the track has enabled us to have another perspective on things.
“You get to work on aspects of development that is sometimes tough when you’re always ready and racing every couple of weeks. It’s been useful for us as a team and I think we’ll come back stronger for it.”
In this interim period, the drivers have been kept on their toes by the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge in support of UNICEF – eight weeks of sim-racing competition broadcast live to fans with the overarching aim of bolstering UNICEF’s coronavirus relief efforts. Turvey is confident, given past form, that he will be able to hit the ground running.
“Racing virtually was great competition and driving the simulator each week was good for keeping us busy and sharp,” said Turvey. “The races were really exciting and it was a pleasure to bring them to the fans, and for a good cause with UNICEF.
“I don’t have any worries about being out of practice. I’ve had periods in my junior career where I didn’t drive for months at a time because of budget and I never had a concern about getting back to it. I think one of my strengths has always been getting back up to speed quickly.”
Changes off-track over the off-season for NIO meant Turvey felt expectations had to be tempered somewhat heading to Diryah for the season-opening double-header.
That said, the 33-year-old feels the team shrugged this off and, on pace alone, has performed and progressed well year-on-year.
The aim for Berlin is breaking into the top ten, and getting points on the board. Turvey’s been on the cusp with a best of 11th spot in Santiago, and he feels it is a realistic goal.
“The first five races of the season were tough,” admitted Turvey. “We had some changes after last season and we knew it was going to make the start difficult.
"Pace has improved over the last year and we haven’t been able to properly show that yet for various reasons and little issues in races which has been tough to take."But we’ve shown potential and hopefully we can put it all together to end the season in Berlin."
“I think the first race in Riyadh actually went better than we expected to a certain extent. On the road, we finished sixth in race two, and that was an amazing achievement considering the changes we made over the off-season. Unfortunately, technicalities meant we didn’t get to keep the result but it was encouraging.
“Pace has improved over the last year and we haven’t been able to properly show that yet for various reasons and little issues in races which has been tough to take. But we’ve shown potential and hopefully we can put it all together to end the season in Berlin.
“Realistically, we know it’s going to be tough. We need to score and I think that’s the aim in the last six rounds.
"The level of competition is extremely high so that won’t be easy but, as I said, we’ve been working hard in this period and I think if we can realistically get into the top ten and score points, it’ll be a good result for us – that’s our aim.”