Rowland steps in at Nissan for Toro Rosso linked Albon

Amid wild speculation that Nissan e.dams driver Alexander Albon is set to move to Toro Rosso in 2019 to replace Brendon Hartley, one time Formula E driver and 2017 F2 title contender Oliver Rowland has taken Albons place in pre-season testing in Valencia.

Rowland a former DAMS driver stepped in for Nick Heidfeld in Season 2 when the German was injured prior to the Punta del Este. Rowland has now stepped in for Albon for the final day of testing while Red Bull negotiate with Nissan for the Thai drivers services. Albon hasn’t completed a single day of testing with Sebastien Buemi completing all of the running to date.

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Day 3 of testing has been disrupted by wet weather and with the current driver dilemma at Nissan it has been a far from ideal test for the team who grow frustrated with the situation.

Rowland’s DAMS connections have no doubt helped earn him the testing duties and would be a good fit for the race drive for Season 5 if indeed as we all expect Albon moves to Formula One.

Today marks the final day of testing for all of the teams before the first race of the season in Saudi Arabia in December so Rowland is up against it in terms of preparation for the season.

In a statement by Nissan they spoke about the speculation around Albon’s future:

“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 should expect announcement on both Rowland and Albon’s futures very soon as both Nissan and Toro Rosso will want this situation wrapped up as soon as possible.

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