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Filippi joins Turvey at NIO

Former IndyCar and GP2 driver Luca Filippi has been signed by the NIO Formula E team to partner Oliver Turvey in season four, replacing the Jaguar-bound Nelson Piquet Jr.

Filippi made his name in the now-rebranded GP2 Series, finishing as vice-champion in 2011 while also finishing runner-up in Auto GP the same year.

The following year he made the move stateside to IndyCar, where he took a solitary podium in 2015 with Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing

The Italian has already run a private test with the team and looks forward to making his mark in the all-electric series.

“During our first test run together in Spain I immediately had a great feeling with the car and all the people in the team,” said Filippi.

“To join NIO for 2017/18 is a dream come true and I am very much looking forward to working with Oliver and Gerry [Hughes, team principal] and starting this journey with everyone in the NIO Formula E team.”

NIO’s announcement leaves only Andretti and Venturi left to unveil their drivers for the season, with Andretti running Antonio Felix da Costa, Alexander Sims and Tom Blomqvist in testing, while Venturi will test Maro Engel, James Rossiter, Edoardo Mortara and Michael Benyahia.

Images courtesy of Rajan Jangda

About Topher Smith
Topher is an experienced and passionate Motorsport journalist with Formula E, Formula 1, GP2/F2, GP3 and IndyCar all on his resume. When he isn't at the trackside you can find him furthering his own capabilities and knowledge through his endless search for original ideas and material. Also plays league pool.