NIO have confirmed that Ma Qinghua will miss the Formula E double-headers in Berlin.
The Chinese driver has raced for the team since the start of the season with a best result of 16th in Santiago de Chile.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in global travel restrictions and this is seen to be the primary reason for the driver change.
A number of team personnel are based in Shanghai and it has been confirmed that they won’t be travelling to Germany for the same reasons.
Ma said: “Unfortunately, I am not going to Berlin this year, having raced there during the 2015-2016 season.
“It is quite difficult to travel and race abroad at present, as this would expose us to more Covid-19 risks.
“The team and I had in depth discussions about this, and considering the current situation of the pandemic, this decision was made to ensure the best possible preparation for the team.
“I look forward to coming back and racing in the Season 7 World Championship.”
The CEO of the team, Vincent Wang added: “We have certainly experienced some ups and downs during the first season of the regrouped NIO 333 FE Team.
“When the plan to resume the championship was announced, we were all very excited to return, the long pause of the season made us miss the battles on track, especially with the team making significant progress since Marrakech.
“However, due to the number of restrictions, Ma and the Shanghai team members will be unable to attend the race. It is quite unfortunate, but we will continue to assist remotely.
“Ma will also be present during the live event with our fans as well as providing support to the team on-site.
@The management team is currently selecting the replacement for Ma, and an announcement will be made imminently.”