The NextEV NIO Formula E team have confirmed that reserve driver Ma Qing Hua will race for the team at the next round in Paris.
A previous competitor in Formula E, Ma will replace Luca Filippi in the second race seat and compete alongside Oliver Turvey.
The Chinese racer has previously contested the final four races for Team Aguri in season two. The team then became Techeetah and he continued to drive for the team in the first three races of season three, before losing his seat to Esteban Gutierrez.
He joined the NextEV team as reserve driver at the start of this season and participated in pre-season testing for the team last summer.
Having previously been a test driver for Hispania and Caterham in Formula One, Ma was also a race-winner in the World Touring Car Championship prior to joining Formula E.
“First of all, I am really happy and honoured to be back in the cockpit racing for NIO Formula E Team,” said Ma Qing Hua.
“Thank you to NIO for this opportunity; I am really looking forward to racing again, against some of the top drivers in the world. I will do my best to achieve the best result I can and I will see you all in Paris.”
“The NIO Formula E Team is very happy to give Ma Qing Hua the opportunity to drive the NIO 003 at the Paris E-Prix,” said Gérry Hughes, NIO’s Team Principal. “We look forward to welcoming him back to the Paddock at the forthcoming event.”
Regular driver Luca Filippi scored on his Formula E debut in Hong Kong, but the Italian has generally been out-performed by Turvey during season four.