NextEV confirms unchanged Formula E line-up
Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey have been retained by the NextEV FIA Formula E team for the 2016/2017 campaign.
The Chinese backed squad has confirmed that both Piquet Jr. and Turvey have signed multi-year agreements with the operation, following a challenging 2015/2016 season.
NextEV finished at the foot of the teams’ championship having been hampered by its newly developed twin-motor powertrain introduced in season two.
Piquet Jr. is confident lessons have been learned from last season as the Brazilian looks to add to his inaugural Formula E title won in 2014/2015.
“With NextEV fully committed to the Formula E programme, I believe that the team has a very strong long-term future,” said Piquet Jr.
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“I am happy to be continuing to race with the team that I won the world championship with, and we are looking forward to being able to fight for victories again next season.
“We have come off the back of a challenging season, but that meant we learnt a lot and we are stronger for it.”
Piquet Jr. and Turvey have already experienced their 2016/2017 car during a 14 day private test at Spain’s Calafat circuit.
After narrowly outscoring Piquet Jr. last season in his maiden Formula E tilt, British driver Turvey is looking forward to the new campaign.
The 29-year-old will compete in Formula E alongside his Japanese Super GT commitments.
“I learnt a lot in my first full season and have taken this experience into the summer testing to work with the team on developing the new car,” said Turvey.
“The team and I have similarly high ambitions for the season ahead and we will work hard together to achieve them.
“I know how much effort everyone at NextEV has put in so I can’t wait to start racing.”
The NextEV squad has also revealed a new livery for the 2016/2017 campaign ahead of the official pre-season test which is due to begin at Donington Park today.
Meanwhile, Jaguar remains the only team yet to confirm its driver line-up which is expected to be announced on September 8.
FIA Formula E 2016/2017 driver line-up
Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Prost
Abt Audi Sport:
Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt
DS Virgin Racing:
Sam Bird, Jose Maria Lopez
Jerome d’Ambrosio, Loic Duval
Nick Heidfeld, Felix Rosenqvist
Stephane Sarrazin, Maro Engel
Robin Frijns, Antonio Felix da Costa
Jean-Eric Vergne, Ma Qing Hua
Nelson Piquet Jr, Oliver Turvey