The NIO Formula E team has elected to run Jamie Chadwick solo during this Sunday’s in-season test in Marrakesh.
Chadwick was announced earlier this month for her second test in the Gen 2 car and is now set to conduct all of the Chinese-entered team’s running on Jan. 13.
A NIO spokesperson confirmed to e-racing365 that it had “decided to run one driver although she [Chadwick] may be in both cars.”
Teams, at the behest of series promoter Formula E Holdings Ltd, are requested by regulation to enter two drivers that do not hold an E-licence to fulfill the rookie element of the Marrakesh test.
It’s understood that NIO has entered two drivers to satisfy administrative criteria even though it plans to run Chadwick only.
The identity of the second driver is presently unknown, although e-racing365 revealed Monday that GP3 race winner Jake Hughes tested for the team last summer.
NIO has refuted suggestions that its decision was related to any specific issues regarding parts supply, after Oliver Turvey’s car suffered damage when his teammate Tom Dillmann crashed it during the first in-season test in Saudi Arabia last month.
The incident came about after technical problems on the Frenchman’s regular car in the morning session curtailed its running, which resulted in Dillmann driving Turvey’s NIO Sport 004 in the afternoon.
Tough Start to Season for NIO
NIO, which is the only team not to run two drivers for Sunday’s test, has endured a difficult start to its Season Five campaign.
It was hit with penalties in qualifying for the first round last month which forced both Turvey and Dillmann to start from the rear of the grid.
Dillmann lost his front row qualifying spot after a mix up in the team’s understanding of the amended qualifying system, while Turvey was penalized because of a disconnected sensor that prevented the FIA data logger from reading his car’s rear brake pressure.
Turvey and Dillmann went on to finish the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in 13th and 14th respectively, although Dillmann did set the third-fastest race lap which was bettered only by the two DS Techeetah cars.