Nissan had "15-20" approaches to Albon headquarters

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Nissan was anticipated to be on the sphere for Sebastien Buemi and Alexander Albon within the fifth FE season, the primary Japanese automaker since changing the Renault alliance companion on the e.dams entrance.

However with Albon, who signed a three-year contract with FE in July and thus getting nearer to Toro Rosso's F1 seat for 2019, Nissan will possible want a brand new driver to accompany Buemi, second season champion, FE.

When requested if Nissan was searching for a alternative for Albon whereas he was negotiating his state of affairs with Purple Bull, Driot replied, "We’ve so many pilots who rang throughout these two days that I couldn’t consider it.

"The drivers who’ve rung, who’ve despatched emails – if I provide the names, you can be very stunned – unbelievable," he instructed

"I believe at the least 15 to 20 [got in contact]."

Nissan changed Albon on the ultimate day of pre-season testing in Valencia with former DAMS System 2 driver Oliver Rowland.

Driot confirmed that Rowland – the 2015 System Renault three.5 champion – was competing for the race headquarters.

"Oliver is in consideration as a result of we considered him anyway for the third driver, and we all know him effectively as a result of he made the System 2 with us the identical yr that [Charles] Leclerc raced in System 2 [in 2017]"he mentioned.

"And he did effectively – he received three races and made poles – and we all know him as a result of he was within the Renault three.5."

Rowland made 85 laps for Nissan throughout the third day of testing – together with a 21-lap race that was the workforce's longest move of the week.

"It was good, I targeted on issues within the race," Rowland instructed

"It was good, I obtained somewhat bit again and I simply labored on this system for guys and for Nissan."

"It was good to exit within the moist – it appeared relatively aggressive. I actually didn’t carry out within the afternoon of [dry] however it was good.

"It is extremely troublesome for me to say [where Nissan is in FE’s competitive order] I didn’t take part in any of the checks [private].

"However that appeared good and the tempo appeared fairly good – I don’t even know who one of the best comparator is or something like that.

"Nevertheless it was vital for me to attempt to perceive as greatest as I may with the automobile and easily present them with the info and the gadgets they want."

Concerning the opportunity of working for Nissan in FE Rowland, within the fifth season, mentioned: "Clearly, I got here right here and I coated myself once more for them, a bit like I did with Nicholas Latifi originally of the yr [in F2 testing].

"However let's see, clearly I'd prefer to race in System E, we'll see what occurs."

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