Nissan announces Albon's e.dams FE split

Nissan announces Albon's e.dams FE split
By AutoSport

26/11/2018 at 15:54

Likely 2019 Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing Alexander Albon and the Nissan e.dams ABB FIA Formula E team have officially parted ways.

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Albon had been set to race for the Nissan squad in the electric championship's 2018/19 season alongside Sebastien Buemi.

But it emerged on the first day of FE's pre-season test at Valencia last month that Albon had become the frontrunner to partner Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso in 2019.

As reported by Autosport, Albon was understood to have successfully extracted himself from his Nissan deal, which the manufacturer has now confirmed.

The two parties had been in negotiations since the Valencia test, with Nissan team principal Jean-Paul Driot explaining that the situation had made the team "very unhappy".

"Nissan e.dams and Albon have agreed to part ways with Albon exiting his contract to take up a different opportunity in motorsport," read a Nissan statement.

"Details on who will drive as Sebastien Buemi's team-mate will be revealed this Friday November 30 at the Nissan e.dams season five Formula E launch event in Tokyo.

"Nissan thanks Albon for his efforts to date and wishes him the best of luck for his future endeavours."

Albon, who dropped from second to third in the 2018 Formula 2 drivers' championship at last weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi, is now free to join Toro Rosso.

Autosport understands that Nissan will confirm his former F2 rival Oliver Rowland, who replaced Albon on the final day of the Valencia test, as Buemi's team-mate for the coming campaign.