Early on within the race, Ticktum made up floor on the automobiles round him and was on the cusp of breaking into the highest 10, however then began to face a few of the extra conventional frontrunners making their means via the pack after troublesome qualifying classes.
Ticktum defined that choosing the surface line into the primary nook helped him make good floor on his rivals, and felt that the effectivity of his NIO 333 automotive was “moving into the proper course” with administration.
“I had a superb begin, nice launch, in order that helped. I simply determined to go spherical the surface at Flip 1, braked rather a lot later than lots of people,” Ticktum recalled.
“I overtook just a few automobiles, and the race panned out a bit higher than I believed.
“With out being unfavorable, I did suppose we have been going to go backwards fairly rapidly; I believed I’d wrestle for the entire race, but it surely all labored out a bit of bit higher than I believed.
“We’re nonetheless struggling, little doubt, in just a few areas. However it’s about as a lot as I may have achieved. I believe it is just about the efficiency my life, but it surely’s solely adequate for twelfth.”
Ticktum reckoned that the Chinese language squad’s principal weak point in New York Metropolis was in qualifying, and felt a greater consequence was within the offing if the staff may unlock its one-lap tempo.
Dan Ticktum, NIO 333, NIO 333 001
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He additionally felt that he’d been “fairly good at avoiding crashes” in New York when coming as much as the late-race congestion at Flip 6 after a conflict between Jean-Eric Vergne and di Grassi – which helped Ticktum choose up one other couple of locations by the top of the race.
“I believe the principle factor at this time actually was we struggled in quali greater than we now have in different places. I believe if I may have been a tenth or so faster, it could have helped rather a lot.
“However the Positive is the race panned out rather a lot higher when it comes to our effectivity. It is nonetheless not there but, however higher than I believed and it is moving into the proper course.
“I appear to be fairly good at avoiding crashes – there was a giant one yesterday with Vergne that I someway managed to keep away from as properly, in Flip 6.
“However I used to be a bit fortunate as properly. Di Grassi simply reversed with out even wanting if there was any automobiles, which is type of an instinctive factor as a driver to do.
“Unluckily for [Oliver] Askew it caught him and I did simply clip di Grassi and the wall so I simply managed to squeeze via. So yeah, that was a bit scary, that is for positive.”