Oliver Rowland will drive for Nissan e.dams in Season Five of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, replacing the Formula One-bound Alexander Albon.
Rowland, who was officially announced on the eve of this weekend’s NISMO Festival at Fuji, joins Sebastien Buemi at e.dams ahead of the Ad Diriyah season-opener on Dec. 15.
The move comes after Albon was forced to give up his seat following an approach from the Toro Rosso F1 team to partner Daniil Kvyat in 2019.
Nissan submitted its Season Five driver lineup on the Oct. 24 deadline while the FIA issued the final entry list, which included Albon’s name, on Nov. 16.
However, Formula E allows teams to name a replacement driver up to two weeks before the first race, at the discretion of the stewards in cases of contract disputes and force majeure.
This will enable Rowland to make his first Formula E appearance since his debut in the 2015 Punta del Este E-Prix, when he subbed for an injured Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra.
“The Formula E championship features some of the best drivers in the world, and it’s an honor to be selected by Nissan e.dams to represent them in season five,” said the Englishman, who scored two wins for DAMS in FIA Formula 2 last year.
“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.”
Takaboshi, Mardenborough Complete Nissan Squad
Nissan also confirmed Mitsunori Takaboshi as its Season Five test and reserve driver, while Jann Mardenborough will take on a simulator-based role.
2017 Japanese F3 champion Takaboshi drove for e.dams in last year’s Marrakesh rookie test when the team was affiliated with Renault, and will demo the Nissan Gen 2 car at Fuji Speedway during the NISMO Festival.
Mardenborough, meanwhile, is set to combine simulator development work with a program in Japanese Super GT.
“With Formula E events featuring practice, qualifying and the race all in one day, doing your homework with tools like the simulator is quite important,” said the 2011 GT Academy winner.
“I’m looking forward to helping the team in this role.”