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Turvey Set to Remain at NIO, Rowland to Test

Oliver Turvey is set to stay at NIO for a fourth season in Formula E…

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Oliver Turvey is set to remain at NIO for a fourth season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship after evaluating other options.

Turvey finished tenth in the standings last season despite missing the final two races, and is understood to have been courted by several rival manufacturers earlier in the summer.

The Brit, who scored NIO’s first podium position in Mexico City in March, is set to return to the cockpit early next month after recovering from the finger injury which ruled him out of the New York City finale.

He had a pin removed from his hand last week and is set to undertake some running in the Gen 2 car soon.

The team is expected to have an unchanged lineup for Season Five, which gets underway in December, with Luca Filippi having signed a deal to start a second season at the Chinese-entered outfit.

Filippi has conducted the majority of the team’s Gen 2 development so far, owing to Turvey’s injury, which is said to have made the Brit’s contractual situation more complex.

This could be as a result of a clause in his contract which would center around certain team performance criteria during the previous season.

He scored all but one of NIO’s 47 points in 2017-18, helping it finish eighth in the teams’ championship.

NIO to Test Rowland Next Month

Despite being expected to keep its race lineup unchanged, NIO is set to test some new drivers next month, including Oliver Rowland.

The Williams test and development driver will run in Spain next month, driving a Formula E car for the first time since December 2016 when he deputized for Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra Racing in Punta del Este.

Rowland is known to have been in initial discussions with the new Nissan e.dams squad but, despite his links to DAMS through his previous GP2 programs, he was unable to secure a drive.

This was largely down to Nissan’s move to use one of its homegrown drivers to partner Sebastien Buemi.

NIO is also aiming to try other drivers with a view to announcing its official reserve driver in October.

Harry Tincknell was chosen as its sim driver in April, but it remains unclear whether the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Mazda Team Joest regular will run with the team in pre-season testing.

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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    August 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Keeping Filippi makes no sense IMO. The guy was horrendous this past season.

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