NEW YORK CITY E-PRIX - HIGHLIGHTS & FACTS
Tom Blomqvist and the NIO 333 FE Team raced around the streets of Brooklyn, New York for Rounds 10 & 11 of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Mixed weather conditions greeted the team early in the weekend
Tom lined up P17 on the grid for the first race of the weekend and was keen to make progress through the order
A clean start to the race allowed the Brit to move into P16 with his race running to plan
Unfortunately, Tom found himself stuck in a train of cars with no opportunity to overtake
Returning on Sunday, Tom showed excellent pace in qualifying but a mistake on his fast lap left him P18 on the grid
Tom enjoyed an excellent opening lap, despite starting on the dirty side of the grid, and quickly gained positions
Sadly a technical issue saw him receive a drive-through penalty, curtailing his efforts
His strategy then switched to maximum energy saving in case of a potential safety car
With no such luck, Tom crossed the line in P21
His focus now firmly switches to his home race in Great Britain - the London E-Prix on July 24/25th.
TOM'S WEEKEND REVIEW
“This Championship is so close, so competitive. I didn’t do a great lap in Qualifying on Saturday; it was a bit messy which cost me a few tenths, so with a clean lap we could have been a few places higher. But ultimately, we are getting closer every race just missing a bit of pace at the moment. Although I finished 16th I should have been a few places higher if I’d had a better first two laps.
“Sunday was another difficult day. I made a mistake in Qualifying, clipping the wall during the last quarter of the lap which compromised it quite a lot. I had a half decent start to the race gaining positions, but then I had a technical issue which meant I received a drive through penalty. Obviously, your race is then completely compromised and boxes you in to one strategy - to save a little bit of energy and hope there’s a safety car. We obviously need to keep our heads down and keep chipping away, trying to learn and improve, and keep making steps forward at every race and towards getting more points.”
Images courtesy of NIO 333 FE Team.