Luca Filippi will be back in the No. 68 NIO car at this month’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship Berlin E-Prix after giving over his seat to reserve driver Ma Qing Hua for the last round in Paris.
The Italian made way for Ma for one race but will return in Berlin as teammate to Oliver Turvey.
E-racing365 understands that the team elected to utilize the Chinese driver as it synchronised with some promotional events in China, where NIO is headquartered.
These included the Beijing Auto Show and other events in Shanghai and Guangzhou on the same weekend as the Paris race.
NIO has confirmed to e-racing365 that Filippi will return to the cockpit for the German round on May 19.
“Ma was in for Paris, as the team is allowed to exercise its right to change driver once before last three events, and as our reserve driver, NIO wanted to give him 2018 race seat experience,” stated a team spokesperson.
Ma qualified for the race in 17th position after three others drivers; Nelson Piquet Jr., Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara were penalized and shuffled behind the Chinese driver who was 1.1 seconds away from teammate Oliver Turvey in the qualifying session.
A 17th place classification for Qing Hua was registered despite losing several laps at the start after failing to get away from the grid due to a problem with his inverter.