Formula E Championship backmarkers NIO have undergone another change of ownership in the off-season, with the Chinese team announcing that it will field Ma Qing Hua and Oliver Turvey in its line-up for the 2019/20 season.
The team is now owned by Shanghai Lisheng Bank, which has added the 333 moniker to the team’s official entry name and retained NIO (the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer) as its naming rights sponsor.
The team, which won the Drivers’ Championship title for Nelson Piquet Jr. in the inaugural 2014/15 season (when it was then known as China Racing), has suffered a steady slide down the grid in subsequent seasons. It finished dead last in the 2018/19 Teams’ Championship standings, with the incumbent Turvey scoring all three points’ finishes.
Turvey has been part of the team’s driving line-up since the end of the 2014/15 season and stayed with the squad through its successive NEXTEV and NIO iterations. His best finish with the team a second place at the Mexico City ePrix in 2017/18, the team’s one and only podium finish since Piquet Jr’s title win.
Ma, currently enjoying success in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, will make his first full-time outings in the series after sporadic appearances for Team Aguri, Techeetah and NIO teams.
|2019-20 FIA Formula E Championship – Provisional Entry List (to-date)|
|DS Techeetah||Jean-Éric Vergne||António Félix da Costa|
|Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
||Lucas di Grassi||Daniel Abt|
|Envision Virgin Racing||Sam Bird||Robin Frijns|
||Sébastien Buemi||Oliver Rowland|
|BMW i Andretti Motorsport
||Maximilian Günther||Alexander Sims|
||Jérôme d’Ambrosio||Pascal Wehrlein|
|Panasonic Jaguar Racing
||Mitch Evans||James Calado|
||Felipe Massa||Edoardo Mortara|
|Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
||Stoffel Vandoorne||Nyck de Vries|
|GEOX Dragon||Brendon Hartley||Nico Müller|
|NIO 333 FE Team
||Ma Qing Hua||Oliver Turvey|
|TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team||André Lotterer||Neel Jani|
Images via ABB FIA Formula E Championship
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