NextEV team boss Dr. Martin Leach has died aged 59.
Dr Leach, who founded the NextEV electric car company that assumed control of Team China part-way through the maiden Formula E season, had been battling illness.
Leach was a well-known executive in the automotive world, having spend time with Ford, Mazda, Maserati, and commercial vehicle manufacturer LDV.
"With the deepest grief, I have to announce that we have lost a great friend, a leader and a founding member and co-president of NextEV, Dr Martin Leach, who left us today after fighting illness over the past few months," said NextEV chairman and co-founder William Li. "Martin is a true warrior and lived to the highest standard. Even during his last minutes, he was still caring about the progress of NextEV."
"I am honoured to have had Martin as a partner. His loss is a great loss to all of us, his legacy will stay forever with NextEV," he added. "His dedication and his vision will continue to inspire our people to create our history."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing