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Albon to Test for Renault e.dams

Formula 2 driver Alexander Albon is in line to drive a Renault e.dams Formula E car at the Marrakesh test next month…

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Formula 2 driver Alexander Albon is in line to drive a Renault e.dams Formula E car at next month’s Marrakesh Rookie Test, e-racing365 can reveal.

Albon will get a full day of running in one of e.dams’s Renault Z.E 17 cars, driven by Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost this season.

The Anglo-Thai driver is set to move to DAMS’ F2 operation next year, after finishing 10th this year in his rookie season with ART Grand Prix.

The London-based driver, who is the son of former British F3000 and British touring car driver Nigel Albon, was runner-up in the 2016 GP3 series, also with ART and has been part of the Red Bull and Lotus young driver programs.

A number of other drivers, meanwhile, could be in the running for the team’s second seat, including newly crowned  Japanese F3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi, who drove for the Nissan Driver Development Program-backed B-MAX Racing team.

Nissan will take over from Renault as the team’s licensed manufacturer in Season Five.

Other drivers who could test are Takaboshi’s fellow Nissan-affiliated drivers Jann Mardenborough and Katsumasa Chiyo.

E.dams has been circumspect in confirming an official test and reserve driver, with Alain Prost telling e-racing365 in September: “We don’t have a lot of testing and it is always better to let the drivers have as much time in the car as possible.

“Our drivers do the tests better than any test driver would because you have to understand all the processes. This is a very complicated car with complex technology.

The team would not comment on its test driver selection when contacted by e-racing365.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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