Daniel Abt to race for NIO in Berlin

After being fired from Audi, Daniel Abt is back on the Formula E grid replacing a marooned Ma Qing Hua.

The risks are too great for Ma to feasibly travel from China to Berlin for the final six race festival in August so NIO have called up reliable performer Abt.

Abt was fired by Audi earlier in the year after he used a sim racer to compete for him in the Formula E Race at Home Challenge and many felt he was unfairly treated.

Daniel Abt said on the Formula E website: “I take full responsibility for what happened in the Race at Home Challenge – it was a mistake.

“I have no hard feelings towards anyone, and now is the time for me to look forward and get back to what I love most – racing. I just want to do the best I can for the team and help us have a good finish to the season.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity, and the trust, that NIO 333 is placing in me. The chance to race the final six races of the season – my home races – and continue my record of competing in every round to-date in Formula E is very exciting.”

Abt is replacing Ma because of the Coronavirus pandemic restricting his travel from China to Europe and back. The amount of issues meant hiring Abt was a much safer option for the team.

Abt will partner Oliver Turvey who is a NIO stalwart having raced there since the the final rounds in Season 1 when the team was Nextev.

Formula E returns in August with 6 races across 3 layouts over nine days at the Berlin Tempelhof airfield.