Albon and Nissan part ways ahead of season opener

by Nathan Hine
Alexander Albon- Abu Dhabi

As the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship draws ever nearer, the new manufacturer entry, Nissan e.dams currently only have one confirmed driver as the Japanese outfit have parted ways with the British-Thai rookie Alexander Albon ahead of the first round of the championship in Riyadh on 15 December.

This is because Albon is expected to join Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Formula 1 team for the 2019 F1 season alongside returnee Daniil Kvyat.

After completing the majority of testing for the team, 2015-16 FIA Formula E Champion Sebastien Buemi will hope to steady the ship with much uncertainty surrounding Nissan into their first season in the series.

Nissan will announce Albon’s replacement this Friday in Tokyo with his departure expected even during pre-season testing between 16-19 October at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

Albon was withdrawn from pre-season testing, leaving Buemi to do the majority of the work, only Oliver Rowland stepping in alongside the Swiss racer on the final day.

Rowland previously competed in one Formula E race with Mahindra Racing at the 2015 Punta Del Este ePrix, finishing in thirteenth position. If he does join Nissan, Rowland will become the fifth British driver on the 2018-19 ABB FIA Formula E grid.

While Albon is departing the championship, the rest of the teams and drivers are ready to go as with just 19 days until the 2018 Riyadh ePrix, the excitement is starting to build as after four different champions in four seasons of the all-electric racing series, will there be a fifth as a new generation of the series is about to begin?

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