Rowland set to replace Albon for remainder of Valencia FE test
Oliver Rowland looks set to drive Alex Albon’s Nissan e.dams car for the remainder of the official Formula E pre-season test in Valencia as the team continue negotiations with Toro Rosso over Albon’s release.
Albon failed to take part in either the morning or afternoon session on Tuesday following a late approach by Toro Rosso to secure his signature for the 2019 F1 season, and is thought to be considering Toro Rosso’s offer to switch series.
With only two official test days remaining before the season opener in December, Rowland will now fill in for the absent Albon in Wednesday’s afternoon session and is expected to also drive the car on Friday.
Rowland is currently without a full-time drive after quitting GP2 last season, although he did compete in this year’s 24hrs of Le Mans with the Manor-run CEFC TRSM Racing entry.
Prior to the team signing Albon, Rowland was believed to be under consideration for the second Nissan alongside Sebastien Buemi owing to his close links with DAMS having driven for them in GP2.
This will not be the Brit’s first Formula E experience as he previously substituted for Mahindra’s Nick Heidfeld at the 2015 Punta del Este EPrix and also tested for NIO at the Calafat circuit in Spain last month.
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