The Nissan e.dams Method E squad is “very sad” on the scenario surrounding Alexander Albon’s potential 2019 Method 1 transfer to Toro Rosso, based on staff principal Jean-Paul Driot.
Nissan had signed 2018 Method 2 title contender Albon, who races for e.dams’ DAMS arm within the F1 assist collection, to a three-year FE contract in July, putting him alongside Sebastien Buemi for the 2018/19 season.
However it emerged at the beginning of FE’s pre-season take a look at at Valencia that Albon was closing on a Toro Rosso seat and he didn’t drive in Spain, costing Nissan two days of working earlier than Oliver Rowland was introduced in for the ultimate two classes.
“It got here out of the blue,” Driot advised Motorsport.com
“We’re very a lot annoyed inside DAMS and Nissan e.dams as a result of so far as DAMS is worried and Method 2 is worried, we’ve accomplished quite a bit as a way to assist Alexander Albon race, financially talking.
“We gave him an excellent automotive – as a result of the yr earlier than the staff he was with [ART Grand Prix], he didn’t actually carry out – and with us he has demonstrated that he’s very fast, which I by no means doubted.
“We took him for a three-year contract [in FE] and instantly out of the blue – as a result of we helped him quite a bit to brush and to shine his picture – Toro Rosso got here with Dr [Helmut] Marko to say that he needed to have Albon in a automotive.
“While you ask a blind man if he needs to see, you recognize the reply. When he talked about Method 1 to a driver who was at all times dreaming to take action, you recognize the reply as effectively.
“So we’re negotiating with Toro Rosso, Nissan have high administration who have been probably not completely happy, as you may think about.
“[They are] very sad as a result of we had signed him for 3 years. However we’re looking for an answer.”
Driot mentioned that scenario stays unresolved and that negotiations relating to Albon’s future are persevering with.
“We’re looking for an answer as a result of when you may have a driver who doesn’t wish to drive any extra, what do you do? However we’ve a contract and that’s clear,” he defined.
“Nothing is completed for the time being, and for this reason we put Oliver Rowland within the automotive – as a sort of third driver – and we’ll see within the coming two-three weeks the way it develops.
“We’re discussing with Toro Rosso as a way to see how we are able to discover the very best resolution for everybody.”