NIO 333 Driver Ma Qing Hua will miss all of the six races in Berlin that round out the Formula E season.
The current Covid-19 Pandemic situation would have restricted Ma’s arrival in Europe and also his re-entry into China.
Rather than struggling with attempting this and it being highly likely they would not have a driver able to race, the team decided it was better to not try this and risk unnecessary travel for Ma.
By extension, Chinese workers in the team will be unable to make the journey as well. But in a statement, NIO said that this would not affect the running of the team due to continued communication between the team in Berlin and the the UK.
Ma’s season has been chequered, he is one of four drivers to not score points, the others being his teammate Oliver Turvey, GEOX Dragon driver; Nico Mueller and Porsche driver Neel Jani.
Ma Qing Hua 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.”
Vincent Wang, the team CEO said: “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.
“The management team is currently selecting the replacement for Ma, and an announcement will be made imminently.”
Those being touted to take up the seat include ousted Audi driver Daniel Abt and former NIO champion Nelson Piquet Jr, who has been out of Formula since midway through Season 5.
Oliver Turvey will continue to race for the team in the final rounds of the season in Berlin which will feature six races over nine days and three different track layouts.