Race Details

Round 1: China

Beijing ePrix

The season opener of the 2015/16 FIA Formula E Championship took place in China’s capital city, Beijing. The city has a rich, three thousand year history and is home to many of the country’s special points of interest, including Tiananmen Square and Forbidden city.

The anti-clockwise street track used for the Beijing ePrix sits in the grounds of the Olympic Park and is 3.439km in length, featuring 17 turns.

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Nelson Piquet:

“I’m excited to get racing again this weekend. When you look to Beijing last year and where we are now, the series has grown so much in one year and as gained so much popularity.”

“It is fantastic that we are here in Beijing as a Chinese team and I’m sure we will put on a great show for all the fans that will visit the race. We don’t really know what will happen with performance until we get on the track. We have a bit of catching up to do but as long as we work hard that’s the important part and how we will move forward.”

Pre-Race Preview

Oliver Turvey:

“It’s great to be getting the new season started at the team’s home race and I’m really happy to be doing the whole season with NextEV.”

“I love racing single seaters and I love street circuits so I’m very happy to be involved in the series. We made some good progress in testing in the summer so we will have to see where we are in terms of performance here.”

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Post-Race Review

Nelson Piquet (Car #1):

“This weekend has been difficult. Coming from winning a championship to a whole new season with a new car that we have had some problems with this weekend has of course been really frustrating.”

“But part of being a driver is sticking together, working with the team and getting out of the hole together. It’s not just about being quick, but about building up a team and being on their side. It’s only the first race so I don’t think it will be like this all season, but we need to work hard to improve things.”

Final Timings:

48:52.632 +2 Laps

Post-Race Review

Oliver Turvey (Car #88):

“It was a great race, there was a bit of a mess at the start so I went straight into energy saving mode. We were able to catch up at the end of the first stint as the cars in front were struggling on energy levels.”

“I managed to overtake Villeneuve which I was happy about and then the full course yellow while we were in the pits helped us jump up a few places. The second sting was fairly straightforward, we managed energy well and didn’t get pressure from behind. To get sixth here is a great result for me personally but also as after qualifying we were a bit disappointed with the pace of the car so the result was probably the best we could have achieved today. Thanks to the team for everything, it’s great to get some points on the board.”

Final Timings:

50:48.301 +39.466