NIO 333 FE team unveils senior management shake-up

NIO 333 has revealed a new senior management team for the inbound 2022 Formula E season in its latest effort to climb from the bottom of the championship.

NIO 333 FE team unveils senior management shake-up

Following ex-Dragon Penske Autosport driver Nico Muller landing second in the controversial Valencia E-Prix last season, NIO 333 is the only team not to have scored a podium since the start of 2018-19.

Lisheng Racing - circuit owner and promoter of the Chinese Touring Car Championship - acquired the majority stake in NIO 333 on the eve of the 2019-20 campaign.

Despite switching powertrain supplier, it has continued to finish last in the teams’ standings and has now appointed its second team principal since the new ownership structure came into place.

Ex-Benetton, Renault, Marussia and Williams Formula 1 head Christian Silk was promoted to lead the team for 2019-20 but has left the series as he continues to be an active member of Extinction Rebellion.

Alex Hui now takes the top job, having formed the Gusto Engineering automotive R&D firm that came onboard as a technical partner of NIO 333 earlier this year.

Hui has been involved with the Formula E outfit since 2016, first as a consultant when the Donington Park-based Brilliance In Excellence took over the management of the NIO race team.

Hui said: “It is an honour to accept the position of team principal of the NIO 333 Formula E Team.

“We are in the process of bringing the team towards the front of the grid and I am fully committed in supporting our colleagues to shorten this process.

2021-2022 NIO 333 Formula E car

2021-2022 NIO 333 Formula E car

Photo by: NIO Formula E Team

“Together, we shall pursue not only on track improvements but also a new pathway to our sustainable future.”

Russell O’Hagan has been promoted to deputy team principal, having joined the 333 Racing division as its operations director in March, and has been acting as the team principal following Silk’s departure.

Also the chief operating officer, O’Hagan said: “I am delighted to be announced as deputy team principal for NIO 333 Formula E team following a handover period stretching back to the middle of [2021].

“We have an exciting time ahead as we continue to settle into our new HQ at Silverstone and push forward ever harder with our Gen3 programme.

“I am relishing the challenge of the new season, commencing with the pre-season test in Valencia next week, and to realising the fruits of our labour after a great team effort over the last six months.”

In further changes to the structure, Gary Reynders joins as chief mechanic from Williams Advanced Engineering and race engineer Matt Beers moves into the engineer and controls department.

NIO 333 will retain Oliver Turvey as its lead driver, the Brit having joined for the London E-Prix double-header in Battersea Park at the tail-end of the inaugural 2014-15 season.

But Tom Blomqvist, who is understood to have been offered a deal to remain at the team, will be replaced as he instead opted to return to IMSA SportsCar with Meyer Shank Racing in the top DPi class.

shares
comments

Related video

De Vries and Vandoorne set for IndyCar test at Sebring
Previous article

De Vries and Vandoorne set for IndyCar test at Sebring

Next article

Askew joins Dennis in Andretti Formula E squad

Askew joins Dennis in Andretti Formula E squad
Load comments
The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams Plus

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Formula E
Nov 30, 2021
How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Plus

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Formula E
Nov 29, 2021
How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself Plus

How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race-winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series

Formula E
Nov 27, 2021
How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Plus

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

Formula E
Nov 26, 2021
Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Plus

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit

Formula E
Oct 13, 2021
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Plus

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Plus

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun

Formula E
Sep 19, 2021
How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Plus

How Mercedes and De Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin

Formula E
Sep 17, 2021