Nissan e.dams have confirmed that Alex Albon is being considered for a seat with the Formula E outfit for its 2021/2022 campaign.
Nissan currently fields 2015-16 FE champion Sébastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland, but the Briton will leave the team after the all-electric series’ final rounds next month in Berlin.
In 2018, Albon was actually signed up to race with Nissan in FE, but the British-Thai racer negotiated his release ahead of the start of the season after a receiving an offer from Helmut Marko to join Toro Rosso in Formula 1.
“Obviously he [Albon] is amongst the ones we are considering and he kept contact with us so we are talking regularly,” Nissan team manager Francois Sicard told website The Race.
“He’s following what we do, so we are very close to Alex and he could be amongst the one we can select. But there are others and you have to know that Alex might also have other opportunities.”
Albon, who remains Red Bull Racing’s official reserve driver, is competing part time this year in the German DTM series. But the 25-year-old is still very much focused on returning to the fray in F1, although opportunities for 2022 are obviously scarce as Sergio Perez is expected to retain his seats with RBR.
“There isn’t much,” admitted Albon in an interview with Formula1.com. “In some respects, I’m reliant on others not performing. It’s just the driver market in F1.
“I was lucky when I got my chance in F1, with Daniel [Ricciardo] moving – that shifted everything over.
“This year it looks a little stale in that sense. If a race seat isn’t available here, there are a couple of teams out there that there are possibilities with.
“It’s just one of those things where you have to wait and see.”
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But Albon may not have time on his side as he’ll likely need to make a call in the coming months on a 2022 opportunity outside of F1, such as Formula E.
“It’s still relatively early in the driver market but you also have to realise other championships need to be decided in terms of seat position before F1,” he says.
“You can make a decision in F1 in August-November and it’s still fine. But if you look at other championships, like Formula E or Indycar, their seasons start earlier so they need things done earlier.
“You have to assess the landscape, and make sure you cover all the options, so it is difficult. Let’s see what happens.”
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