NIO 333 has signed Tom Blomqvist to complete its 2020/21 FIA Formula E Championship line-up as it also reveals a fresh new livery.
Ahead of the start of the official 2020/21 Formula E pre-season test, NIO 333 has revealed a fresh new livery and signed Blomqvist to partner Oliver Turvey. The colour scheme is predominantly blue – in different shades – along with black.
It will be Turvey’s sixth season with NIO 333, while Blomqvist has entered in six Formula E races before – the most recent being with Jaguar in 2019/20 Berlin finale. “I am extremely happy to be joining NIO 333 for the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season and cannot wait to get started with the team.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and the trust that the team has placed in me, and I can’t wait to repay them with success on track. To be back in Formula E full-time is fantastic as the series has gone from strength to strength over the years and I feel very proud to be back on the grid for Season 7.
“It has been great to get to know the team recently and build those relationships – together we are all highly motivated for the season ahead and the positive atmosphere is brilliant to be a part of,” summed up Blomqvist.
Teammate Turvey – who is also a McLaren F1 test driver – added: “I am delighted to be continuing in Formula E for Season 7 with NIO 333 Formula E Team. Having raced for the team in every season since the championship’s inception it is great to be able to continue our journey together.
“It’s a really exciting time for the championship this season as it becomes an official FIA World Championship. I am proud to be racing in a championship that is not only competitive at the highest levels of the sport, but that promotes the use of sustainable technology in the cities that we race in around the world.
“Everyone in the NIO 333 FE Team has put a huge amount of effort into the new car, and the disruption to the race schedule last season has given the team a chance to focus on the development of the new powertrain. We have made progress through testing and I am sure that the hard work everyone has put in will result in a more competitive package for the season ahead.
“I would like to welcome Tom into the team; I have known him for a number of years and I look forward to working closely with him to help push the team forward. The new livery looks fantastic, so I can’t wait to get in the car for official testing in Valencia and for the first race in Santiago,” summed up Turvey.
The chassis is named as NIO 333 FE 001, with new owners Shanghai Lisheng Racing, looking for supreme success. Adding more on the livery, the Formula E team revealed the material used is 3M wrapping grade PVC free vinyl.
From the team side, Christian Silk, Team Principal, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Tom to the NIO 333 Formula E Team and reveal our stunning Season 7 car livery today. Tom returns to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with him a wealth of motorsport experience behind him, including recent outings in 2020 endurance racing.
“We have a quick and experienced driving pairing now, with Oliver [Turvey] continuing with us for his sixth consecutive full season, and I am confident that the pairing shall be a successful one. Since the Season 6 finale in Berlin we have completed an impressive amount of testing mileage with the NIO 333 001 development chassis and made a very promising start with our new powertrain package in terms of reliability.
“Season 7 will be a fiercely contested competition; however, I feel that we are in a great position going into the FIA World Championship and the whole team at NIO 333 is looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead.” At the same time, Vincent Wang, added: “I am pleased to introduce to you our new driver for the new season, Tom [Blomqvist].
“I know that he is very well known within the motorsport community and I have been impressed by him ever since I was a broadcast commentator on FE events in China a few seasons ago. When I saw him again in Berlin last season, he reminded me of that. There is an old saying in China, “A thousand miles to meet.”
“I believe that Tom’s joining the NIO 333 FE Team is also the embodiment of fate. The Team is very clear about our target for the new ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season. We hope that Tom can work with Oliver [Turvey] and the team to do his best to achieve our goal.”
2020/21 Formula E line-up so far:
Jagaur – Sam Bird, Mitch Evans
Audi – Lucas di Grassi, Rene Rast
Venturi – Edoardo Mortara, Norman Nato
Nissan e.dams – Sebastien Buemi, Oliver Rowland
Porsche – Andre Lotterer, Pascal Wehrlein
Virgin Racing – Robin Frijns, Nick Cassidy
Mercedes – Stoffel Vandoorne, Nyck de Vries
DS Techeetah – Jean-Eric Vergne, Antonio Felix da Costa
Mahindra Racing – Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti – Maximilian Gunther, Jake Dennis
NIO 333 – Oliver Turvey, Tom Blomqvist
Dragon Penske Autosport – Sergio Sette Camara
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