Former title winner Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey will remain with the NextEV Team for the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, it has been confirmed.

Formerly known as China Racing prior to a full rebrand last season, Piquet led the NextEV to title-winning glory in 2014/15, but endured a difficult title defence campaign as the team struggled to make its self-developed powertrain competitive.

Nevertheless, with NextEV undergoing a strict pre-season development programme in an effort to bring the revised car up to speed, ex-F1 driver Piquet Jr is confident he can return to winning ways this year.

"With NextEV fully committed to the Formula E programme, I believe that the team has a very strong long-term future. I am happy to be continuing to race with the team that I won the championship with, and we are looking forward to being able to fight for victories again next season.

"We have come off the back of a challenging season, but that meant we learnt a lot and we are stronger for it. I'm very happy to be racing alongside Oliver again. He's a fantastic team-mate and we're working hard to achieve a strong team performance this season."

Having scored the team's best result of sixth position last season at the Beijing opener, former GP2 race winner Turvey is keen to put the lessons learned from his first full campaign into a more competitive assault.

"I am delighted to be able to continue racing for the NextEV Formula E Team. They gave me my first opportunity in the series so I am excited to continue the journey together with the team. I would like to thank Martin Leach and the whole team for putting their faith and support in me to be part of the NextEV future.

"I learnt a lot in my first full season and have taken this experience into the summer testing to work with the team on developing the new car. The team and I have similarly high ambitions for the season ahead and we will work hard together to achieve them. I know how much effort everyone at NextEV has put in so I can't wait to start racing!"

Describing the driver line-up as the 'strongest in the series', NextEV team boss Martin Leach is in no doubt the 'Formula 002' is a major step forward over its underachieving predecessor.

"After the many months of hard work that everyone at the team has put in, we are delighted to reveal our NextEV Formula E Team 2016/17 challenger. We are pleased with the progress made during private testing and are looking forward to continuing our extensive testing programme at this week's test.

"Our new powertrain, increased regeneration levels and technical upgrades have us set for an exciting season ahead. Our team has further been strengthened with the appointment of new members, as we move into the next phase of NextEV's involvement with Formula E.

"We are also happy to retain both Nelson and Oliver as we prepare to challenge for the 2016/17 championship. We believe we have the strongest driver pairing in the series and, with both drivers having contributed to the development of the new car, we are confident that we will be at the sharp end of the grid once again.

Meanwhile, NextEV has revealed Dean Stoneman will drive the car during pre-season testing at Donington Park this week.



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