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NIO announce Blomqvist and Turvey for Season 7

NIO have confirmed Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist as their drivers for season 7 ahead of pre-season testing in Valencia.

Blomqvist will be making his debut for the team, following stints at Andretti and Jaguar, with his best result being eighth at Marrakesh in 2018.

The team also unveiled their livery for the upcoming season, a black and teal design with white pinstriping.

As well as this, they also confirmed that Blomqvist will be driving the #88 and Turvey the #8.

Blomqvist was looking forward to starting his first full-season campaign in the series and said: “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 the 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.”

Turvey was also looking forward to continuing his relationship with the team, one which stretches back to the first season of Formula E.

He said: “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 the first race in Santiago!”

Christian Silk, the team principal, added: “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 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.”

Rob Lomas

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