Albon on verge of Nissan exit following Toro Rosso F1 approach
Alex Albon, who recently signed a multi-year deal to race in Formula E with Nissan e.dams, is understood to be on the verge of leaving the team to race in F1 next season with Toro Rosso.
With Pierre Gasly’s earning promotion as replacement for Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo, the Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso team is currently holding talks with Nissan over Albon’s release, as first reported by Autosport.
Albon, who currently sits second in the F2 championship, was scheduled to drive alongside Sebastian Buemi on the opening day of testing ahead of his race debut in December, but failed to appear in either session.
Jean-Paul Driot, who’s DAMS squad run the Nissan Formula E team, explained last month that his “disappointment” at the lack of F1 opportunities for young drivers like Albon encouraged him to make a move for the British-Thai racer.
An F1 seat looked unlikely for Albon prior to the approach, but it’s now understood that Albon has become Toro Rosso’s preferred option to partner the returning Daniil Kvyat following Red Bull youngster Dan Ticktum’s failure to secure an F1 superlicence.
Should Albon make the switch, it will leave the Nissan e.dams team with limited time to find a replacement before the season-opener in Riyadh in December.
When asked to comment, a Nissan team spokesperson said, “Alex is a talented young driver with a lot of potential and is sought after. We have ongoing discussions and are not able to make further comments at this time. We’re focused on testing the car and getting the data we need to prepare for the first race.”
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