Oliver Rowland

Oliver is a multiple single-seater and karting champion who currently drives for Nissan e.dams in Formula E.

Born in Sheffield, Rowland began karting at the age of seven, and spent a successful decade racing in the various classes around the United Kingdom.

After a hugely successful career, winning domestic, European and world honours, Rowland left karting and stepped into Formula Renault, contesting the 2010 Formula Renault UK winter series with CRS Racing. He also received sponsorship from the Racing Steps Foundation which funded his graduation into car racing.

The British driver has 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 in the same year.

Rowland signed a contract with Fortec Motorsport in 2013 to race the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in the 2014 season where he finished fourth overall with two wins and seven podiums.

The Yorkshireman continued with Fortec in the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5, winning eight races out of 17, becoming the series champion in the penultimate round.

In the same year, Rowland made his GP2 debut at Silverstone with MP Motorsport, finishing in the points in both races he went on to gain further experience in three other rounds of the championship with MP and Status Grand Prix.

In February 2016, it was announced that Rowland would compete in the series full-time with MP, with whom he finished ninth.

For the 2017 season, Rowland switched to the DAMS team in the FIA Formula 2 championship. 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 changed F1 teams in 2018 and joined Williams Martini Racing Formula 1 team as their official young driver. He completed his first official test for Williams in Barcelona in May 2018, completing 121 laps in the FW41 car. In July 2018, he 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 raced at Silverstone and Barcelona for the Strakka racing team in the Blancpain GT series.

In November 2018, Rowland was announced as the Nissan e.dams Formula E driver for the 2018/19 season, partnering Sebastien Buemi.

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 further steps 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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