NIO release Filippi, Dillmann favourite to partner Turvey
Luca Filippi has left the NIO Formula E team, with the team confirming his release this morning. Frenchman Tom Dillmann has been linked to his seat having parted ways with Venturi, and has already tested the team’s Gen2 car.
After being temporarily replaced by the team’s Chinese test driver Ma Qing Hua for the Paris ePrix, Filippi told eRacing Magazine at the time that he believed this would not affect his position with the team in the long-term and that he expected to return for a second season.
Filippi though struggled to get to grips with the series after making the switch from IndyCar and scored just a single point last season in 12 appearances, compared to teammate Oliver Turvey’s 46.
Team Principal Gerry Hughes commented, “Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Luca for his commitment to the role of race driver with the NIO Formula E Team, something that he undertook with immense dedication and pride, in what proved to be the most competitive season in the championship’s history.
“Whilst it was a challenging inaugural season for Luca, he remained focused and energised and this has certainly helped the team with the initial development of the NIO 004 car over the summer months, whilst Oliver has continued to recover from his hand injury sustained in the penultimate race of Season 4 in NYC.
“However, with Season 5 firmly in our sights and having bold ambitions as NIO’s racing operation, we have decided to make changes to our race driver line-up and as a result, we have to say goodbye and good luck to Luca.”
Dillmann, who has raced sporadically for the Venturi team over the past two seasons, appears now to be favourite to take the vacant seat after E-Racing 365 reported that the Frenchman had undertaken testing duties for the team in Calafat last week.
NIO will launch its 2018/19 car in London on October 8th, with Dillmann likely to partner Turvey who appears likely to remain with the team for a fourth consecutive season.
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