A strong performance from NextEV NIO around the streets of Buenos Aires brought home a haul of 12 points, which elevates them above MS Amlin Andretti and DS Virgin to fourth in the teams’ standings, but they could’ve come home with more.
NextEV NIO drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey both successfully reached Super Pole, before qualifying fifth and fourth respectively for the race.
Piquet Jr. had a good outing in the race as he drove his NextEV NIO home in the same place he qualified, only dropping one place out on track due to his strategy which allowed the Brazilian to do one extra lap; he went back out after the mandatory stop and regained fifth place from Prost and maintained it for the remainder of the race.
“In general it was a satisfactory race and we can take positives in that we are not far off the leaders, which is good,” said Piquet. “We’ve worked hard the last few months and it shows we are on the right track and making progress.”
For team-mate Oliver Turvey however, it was a case of what could’ve been. Thermal issues dropped the Brit down the order towards the end of the race despite the British driver running as high as third at one point during the race.
“We struggled in the second stint with some thermal issues due to the high humidity,” said Turvey. “We have to take the positives from the weekend; getting to Super Pole, having a car that we can fight for pole with and running in P3 in the first half of the race is a good place to be. We just need to keep learning and moving forwards for the next race.”