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Albon’s Formula E Debut in Doubt After F1 Approach

Alexander Albon might not compete in Formula E after being approached for an F1 drive…

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Doubt has been cast on Alexander Albon’s participation in the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship with Nissan e.dams after an approach from the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team.

Albon, who was announced earlier this month as partner to Sebastien Buemi at the Japanese-entered squad, is believed to be close to a F1 deal for 2019.

He didn’t turn a wheel in the first day of Formula E testing at Valencia on Tuesday, despite being present at the Spanish circuit.

E-racing365 understands that negotiations took place at the track today in an attempt to resolve the situation, which is believed to be complex and fast-moving.

Some drivers who have signed deals in recent seasons in Formula E are known to have ‘F1 exit clauses’ in their contracts.

This allows them to extricate themselves from an existing contract if an opportunity with an F1 team arises.

Theoretically, Albon could take part in the first four E-Prix of the season before beginning an F1 program but it is understood that any twin-pronged program, even short-term, is unlikely.

“Alex is a talented young driver with a lot of potential and is sought after,” commented a Nissan spokesperson.

“We have ongoing discussions and are not able to make further comments at this time. We’re focused on testing the car and getting the data we need to prepare for the first race.”

Should negotiations on Albon’s future remain unresolved, Nissan could be forced to utilize another driver this week as it completes a crucial final two days of testing.

Among the drivers currently available and with Formula E experience is Alex Lynn, who was left without a race seat when dropped by DS Virgin Racing.

He raced with DAMS in GP2, the sister team to e.dams, in 2014 and 2015.

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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