Brit Ticktum ended 2022/23 with a run of three points finishes, capping off a season in which he made good ground on what was a promising rookie campaign in 2021/22.
Seventh and ninth in the London finale saw NIO cement its progress at the start of the GEN3 era with a finish ahead of both Mahindra-powered teams in Mahindra Racing and ABT CUPRA - the German ABT Sportsline operation running the latter outfit being multiple champions in Formula E.
Seven points finishes from a possible 16, a pair of top sixes and a string of three top 10s to round out the campaign is no mean feat, particularly given NIO is the only one on the grid without a customer for its powertrain - providing half the data many of its rivals have at hand, impacting the pace of its ability to develop software and potential solutions to its early-generation issues.
Consistent points has long been the team's aim and it's made those strides this past season.
“I am now going in to my third year with the team," says Ticktum. "Season 9 was a lot better than Season 8 for us, and we have done pretty well with the package that we have. At the start of GEN3 I think the pace of our car has been very strong. So, hopefully, we can build on that this year, maybe with some alternative strategies, and optimising our package even more, we can achieve some more points in Season 10.
"I think it’s going to be challenging season for us because the regulations don’t allow us to change much, however I’m looking forward to being on FE grid again with NIO 333 Racing and going some cool new venues. I think Tokyo is going to be a highlight for me and overall, I can’t wait to get back racing!"
Brazilian driver Sette Camara wound up with two points finishes - a best of fifth in Hyderabad and eighth in race one from Rome in what he sees as a year of education with GEN3 breaking cover.
“Season 9 was a time of growth and learning for me, with the highlight undoubtedly being our performance in India, where we secured our best race result," says Sergio Sette Camara. "That moment stands as my favourite from the season, showcasing the potential we have as a team.
"While we faced challenges, including a disappointing penalty in London, we demonstrated our resilience by bouncing back and overtaking Mahindra the following day. It was a testament to our team spirit and the determination to succeed, even when faced with setbacks that felt unjust.
"In the off-season, I took the opportunity to recharge at home in Brazil before jumping right back into preparations for the upcoming season. Just a month after the finale, we were back here, putting in the work and gearing up for what lies ahead."
"As we approach Season 10, I am filled with anticipation and excitement. Having spent a year with the NIO 333 Racing team, I have forged strong bonds with everyone and feel a sense of continuity and momentum as we carry forward the lessons and experiences from Season 9. I am eager to build on what we have achieved and look forward to hitting the tracks with renewed energy and determination.”
"It’s a pleasure to be working with Dan and Sérgio again for Season 10," adds COO and Deputy Team Principal Russell O'Hagan. "Their talents and commitment to the team are critical factors in our continued progress. Furthermore, their collaborative approach and dedication to overall progress are clear assets as we pursue our ambitious goals.
"Season 9 has shown the potential we have and highlighted what we need to work on, we are eager to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead."