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Filippi Returns to NIO Seat for Berlin

Luca Filippi will be back in the No. 68 NIO Formula E car at this month’s Berlin E-Prix….

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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.

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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    Edward Hunter

    May 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Nothing short of a tragedy for Filippi, screwed over for commercial reasons in favour of a much worse driver. This whole episode can’t have helped his confidence in either the car or the team.

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    May 5, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I’m rooting for Luca. He’s a great guy and I’m sure he can get some strong results. He’s had a lot of misfortune and it’s hard to really get confidence when that happens.

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      Sam Smith

      May 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

      I agree Chris. If you give the guy a chance he will deliver more points I’m sure. However, the last thing he needed was the disruption to his program like that. Might make him doubly fired up though so it could still work out for NIO and Luca.

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