The Nissan e.dams Components E squad has had “15-20” drivers get involved a few attainable seat for the 2018/19 season, says workforce boss Jean-Paul Driot.
Nissan had been anticipated to discipline Sebastien Buemi and Alexander Albon in FE’s fifth season, the Japanese producer’s first since taking up from alliance companion Renault on the e.dams entry.
However with Albon, who was signed to a three-year FE contract in July, now closing on a Toro Rosso F1 seat for 2019, Nissan will possible want a brand new driver to fit in alongside season two FE champion Buemi.
When requested if Nissan was on the lookout for a alternative for Albon because it negotiates his state of affairs with Crimson Bull, Driot replied: “We’re, we had so many drivers who rang throughout these two days, I couldn’t consider it.
“Drivers who rang, who despatched emails – if I provide the names you will be very astonished – unimaginable,” he advised Motorsport.com.
“I feel at the least 15-20 [got in contact].”
Nissan changed Albon for the ultimate day of final week’s Valencia pre-season take a look at with former DAMS Components 2 racer Oliver Rowland.
Driot confirmed that Rowland – the 2015 Components Renault three.5 champion – is in rivalry for the race seat.
“Oliver is in consideration as a result of we have been occupied with him for the third driver anyway, and we all know him effectively as a result of he did Components 2 with us the identical 12 months as [Charles] Leclerc was racing in Components 2 [in 2017],” he stated.
“And he did effectively – he received three races and did poles – and we all know him as a result of he was in Renault three.5.”
Rowland accomplished 85 laps for Nissan in the course of the third day of the take a look at – together with a 21-lap run that was the workforce’s longest stint of the week.
“It was good – I simply centered on race stuff,” Rowland defined to Motorsport.com.
“It was fantastic – I received my head round that a bit of bit and simply labored by the programme for the fellows and Nissan actually.
“It was good to get out within the moist – appeared fairly aggressive. I didn’t actually do any efficiency operating within the [dry] afternoon, but it surely was good.
“It’s actually arduous for me say [where Nissan is in FE’s competitive order], I haven’t been concerned in any of the [private] exams.
“But it surely appeared good and the tempo appeared fairly good – I don’t even know who’s one of the best to check to or something like that.
“But it surely was necessary for me to simply attempt to perceive as greatest I can with the automotive and likewise simply give them the information and stuff they want.”
Relating to the potential of racing for Nissan in FE in season 5, Rowland, stated: “Clearly I got here right here and lined – super-subbed – for them once more, a bit like I did with Nicholas Latifi firstly of the 12 months [in F2 testing].
“However let’s see – clearly I’d wish to race in Components E, so we’ll see what they give you.”