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Hughes confident NIO can take the momentum from Mexico City

Following the Mexico race, where Oliver Turvey scored his first ever podium in Formula E, the NIO team lands in Punta del Este, where Team Boss Gerry Hughes is hopeful the team can take the momentum.

“It’s nice to come back here; I think the environment for the race is always spectacular as a backdrop for the race”, Hughes commented in dialogue with Just Electric. “I’ve been here twice before”.

Hughes has been involved in Formula E since day one, having previously worked in Team Aguri, before making the switch to NIO.

Despite scoring a handful of points, the team experienced some issues in the first five rounds, with difficulties to be back at the point-scoring positions since Hong Kong.

“I firmly believe we can take the momentum. Mexico is a quite specific circuit, but all circuits have their own characteristics, and Punta is different”, said NIO’s Team Boss, when asked about the importance of taking the momentum from Mexico City.

“[Punta del Este] has its own challenges, the circuit is very interesting, it’s a drivable circuit, maybe a little bit different from the other slower-speed circuits we go to. The track gets dirty with sand in between sessions. I think we’re in for a good weekend.”.

Oliver Turvey visits Punta del Este for the second time, after his participation in the Season 2 race. It will be the first time Luca Filippi races in Uruguayan soil, so he is yet to experience the dusty beachside track. “We obviously have Luca, who hasn’t been here; at least Oliver has the experience of racing here in Season 2.

“We also have a certain set of challenges as a team, but I firmly believe that the team can build up from the success we had in Mexico and go for it”.

Andrea Perilli

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