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De Vries Latest Driver to Test for NIO

Nyck de Vries becomes the latest driver to test the NIO Gen 2 car…

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Nyck de Vries is in contention for a possible ABB FIA Formula E Championship seat next season after testing with NIO in Spain earlier this week.

The Dutch Formula 2 and FIA World Endurance Championship driver got his first run in a NIO car at Calafat on Monday as the team continues an extensive driver evaluation program.

Despite having yet to make his competitive Formula E debut, de Vries has long been involved with the series in a testing capacity.

He was one of the original test and development drivers for Spark Technologies in 2014 and 2015 and experienced many days of running with the original prototype Formula E car before its debut in Sept. 2014.

The 23-year-old also ran briefly for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler at the official rookie test at Marrakesh in January.

His time in the cockpit was limited due to the team simulating issues with one of Lucas di Grassi’s cars as it chased the inverter problems that it faced earlier in the season.

De Vries is the latest in a list of drivers tested by NIO, with e-racing365 having revealed recently that Oliver Rowland, Loic Duval and Tom Dillmann have all been invited by the team to drive its development car.

In addition to Season Four drivers Oliver Turvey, who ran at Calafat for NIO yesterday, and Luca Filippi, de Vries became the sixth driver to have accrued miles in the car.

Sources close to the team state that Turvey is set to remain for a fourth full season while Filippi told e-racing365 in July that he expects to retain his seat for another campaign.

This is despite Turvey having been approached by several other teams in recent months and questions continuing to circulate that Filippi may be dropped from his race role.

NIO is also still believed to have Harry Tincknell and Ma Qing Hua on its books as official simulator driver and reserve driver, respectively.

Ma replaced Filippi for the Paris E-Prix in April but is not believed to be in contention to make any further appearances for the team.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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