Oliver Rowland

Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 - Official Young Driver

Oliver was named the official young driver for Williams Martini Racing in 2018, following his achievements as a multiple single-seater champion over recent years.

The 26-year-old attained an impressive 10 podium finishes during the 2017 season in FIA Formula 2. This included securing his maiden victory of the series, and his first with French team DAMS, in a gripping race at the historic Monaco racetrack in May.

Just two months later, Oliver triumphed in the feature race in Hungary, with this win helping the young driver to his overall third-place finish in the series.

During this season, the Yorkshireman also secured a role as a development driver for the Renault Sport Formula 1 team, having joined their academy programme in 2015. In August 2017, he drove the 2012 Renault Formula 1 car for the first time in Assen, Holland.

Oliver debuted in both the GP2 Series and Formula E in 2015 and capped off this momentous year by winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series on only his second attempt.

The British driver impressed right from the beginning of his career, winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC award in 2011 and finishing first in the Protyre Formula Renault UK Finals Series. This came just a year after Oliver’s racing car debut in the 2010 Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series.

Oliver completed his first official test for the Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 team in Barcelona last May, completing 121 laps in the FW41 car. In July 2018, Oliver completed another test for Williams at the Hungaroring circuit notching up 65 laps and gathering valuable driving experience at the highest level. Oliver also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours with Manor LMP1 team and has raced at Silverstone and Barcelona for the Strakka racing team in the Blancpain GT series.

His meteoric rise through the ranks of the sport, coupled with a progressive 2018 season, is further evidence that Oliver has the experience, attitude and capability to take the next step on his journey to the elite of motorsport.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Key Facts

• Third placing in 2017 FIA Formula 2 and 10 podium finishes
• Champion in Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2015
• Former McLaren Autosport BRDC winner

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