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Rowland to replace F1-bound Albon at Nissan

Oliver Rowland will line-up alongside Sebastien Buemi at Nissan e.dams after he was announced as the replacement for F1-bound Alex Albon.

Rowland tested for Nissan in Valencia on the third and final day of running while Albon was sidelined while a dispute between the Japanese manufacturer and Red Bull was ongoing.

The Brit will race alongside Season 2 champion Buemi, who won his drivers’ championship when the outfit was known as Renault e.dams.

Albon had signed a contract with Nissan to compete in Formula E after a strong Formula 2 campaign where he finished third for the DAMS outfit.

However, the former Red Bull junior driver has been confirmed as the replacement for Brendon Hartley after one full season with Toro Rosso.

Despite being dropped from the Red Bull programme at the end of 2012, Albon has been recalled to Red Bull and will race for Toro Rosso against the also-recalled Daniil Kvyat.

DAMS co-founder John-Paul Driot made it clear that there were no bad feelings between the two parties, as he expressed on his Twitter profile.


Rowland has previous Formula E experience, having stood in for an injured Nick Heidfeld for the 2015 Punta del Este after Heidfeld injured his hand.

The British driver finished in 13th place in Uruguay.

Rowland was looking forward to the chance to return to Formula E and said: “The Formula E championship features some of the best drivers in the world, and it’s an honour to be selected by Nissan e.dams to represent them in season five.

“To be able to work alongside Sebastien is also an incredible opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to challenging myself against the best of the best in Formula E.”

Jack Amey

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