having signed Sergio Sette Camara as one of its drivers for the 2022-23 season, NIO 333 tested its ER9 Gen3 car at Varano in Italy, before continuing on to Mallory Park in the UK for further races.
While the Anglo-Chinese side have been largely relegated to the back of the pack in recent years following a period of managerial upheaval, a sedentary structure has allowed them to accelerate their plans for the future.
He scored seven points last season, thanks to a brace at Roma, which helped him beat Dragon Penske to 10th place in the team championship despite the USA’s improving form towards the end of the season. the year.
Asked about NIO 333’s chances of entering the Gen3 era, team assistant manager Russell O’Hagan said the Silverstone team was initially targeting eighth place in the championship but believes the potential of the car could offer more.
“On paper, and a while ago now, we were aiming for a top eight finish in the Teams Championship. We’re sitting here right now, and given the progress we’ve seen, we hope to achieve more.” , O’Hagan said.
“However, it’s more important to see Season 9 as the first step in a four-year plan. We aim to be one of the top three teams by Season 12.
“It may seem ambitious, but it only relates to practicalities and those that we have defined at each stage of the process.
“Achieving this level of success takes resources, management, leadership, time and consistency. There are no shortcuts, no magic bullets.
“It won’t be easy, but it’s there for the taking if we can maintain the right focus and direction. Season 9 is all about gaining confidence, showing increased performance and delivering on the confidence our partners, as well as attracting new ones to join our journey to the front lines.”
Oliver Turvey, NIO 333 Racing, NIO 333 001
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O’Hagan explained that the closed-door Varano test, which NIO 333 participated in alongside DS, Mahindra, Nissan, Porsche and Jaguar, gave the team optimism after they were able to compare themselves to other teams. on track.
“The recent test in Varano marked the first opportunity for us to compare ourselves to the other five constructors. It was incredibly positive and exceeded our expectations.
“We felt like we had a good car from the very first Gen3 test, but having comparative testing helped cement that. It’s a boost for the team in what is essentially the development of our first complete car as 333 Racing, and a testament to what our team has achieved to date.
“There is still a long way to go before the first race in January 2023, but it feels good to be quietly confident for the season ahead.
Sette Camara was at the wheel of the team, as its second driver has yet to be announced – although NIO 333 is expected to communicate the decision in the coming days.
McLaren are also expected to announce Jake Hughes as their second driver to partner Rene Rast, as the team appears to have opted to promote from within. Hughes was the simulator pilot for mercedesbefore its takeover by McLaren.
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