Turvey “electric” on Formula E debut

Date: Friday 3rd July 2015
Oliver Turvey in action around the Battersea Park circuit at the London ePrix.
Oliver Turvey in action around the Battersea Park circuit at the London ePrix.

OLIVER Turvey has admitted he would love to continue racing in Formula E,following his appearance in the London ePrix, held at the weekend.

The McLaren F1 test driver, from Langwathby, who won the LMP2 category at last month’s Le Mans 24-hour race,driving for the Jota team, impressed in his first ever Formula E appearance for China-based NEXTEV TCR to take ninth place in both races and rank as the best of the newcomers in the process.

He was racing alongside Nelson Piquet Jnr. who secured the inaugural Formula E title at the London race.

Turvey was also one of three drivers to be handed a fan boost a five-second power hike donated by spectators via a fan vote. The other two were Piquet and nearest rival Sebastian Buemi.

“I’d love to race in Formula E. It’s been great racing a single seater again after such a long time,” said 28-year-old Turvey. “To race in a city is really exciting, I love street circuits and I really enjoyed it.

“It’s all dependent on my schedule, so I have to see, but if there is anopportunity to fit it around my othercommitments at McLaren and Honda, it would be great.”

Turvey also races in Super GT in Japan for Drago Modulo Honda Racing, and has plenty of of single-seater experience from his days as a junior.

He showed no sign of trouble getting to grips with the series, despite having to learn about a brand new car and technologies all in a single day, as well as thechallenges of a tricky, bumpy, Battersea Park circuit.

“It’s really exciting to race these cars. I find the breaking is pretty different to other cars, but ultimately driving on the limit is the same in every category, to find that perfect limit,” said the former Penrith Queen Elizabeth Grammar School student.

“I think my development work with McLaren has helped me a lot as a driver, especially at an event like this. The last round of the championship in London, it’s not the easiest place to make your debut, so I’m happy.”

Turvey’s last race in a single-seater was in GP2 in 2011. Since then he has raced in GTs, sportscars and the Japanese Super GT series alongside his F1 testing duties.

Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s firstfully-electric racing series.

The inaugural season began in Beijing in September, 2014, and finished in London. It took in 10 of the world’sleading cities including Miami, Berlin and London. A total of 10 teams, each with two drivers, raced on temporary city-centre circuits.