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Oliver Rowland
Driver Details
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
Date of Birth 10 August 1992
Date of Death Unknown
Début Uruguay 2015 Punta del Este ePrix
Championships Unknown
Wins 0
First Win Unknown
Former Teams Flag of India Mahindra Racing
Formula E Career
Total Entries 3 (3 Starts)
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Total Points 0
FanBoosts 0
Current Season
Team Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams
Number Standings Points
23 11th 6
 Oliver Rowland, born 10 August 1992, is a British racing driver who will compete for the Nissan e.Dams team during the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.[1] It would be the first time since the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix that Rowland had taken part in an FE race, having replaced Nick Heidfeld for a single race during the 2015/16 season.[2] 

Away from FE, Rowland was a very promising young talent, most notably finishing third in the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship with DAMS, before moving to a career in endurance racing.[3] He would also serve as a reserve for e.Dams during the 2017/18 season, before inheriting Alexander Albon's seat when the Anglo-Thai racer was offered a drive in Formula One.[4]

BackgroundEdit

A promising youngster, Rowland started karting at the age of seven before going on to win numerous Club and National level Championships.[5] 2010 saw Rowland get a chance in a racing car for the first time, joining Formula Renault UK Winter Series, competing against several future Formula One stars.[5] One victory, and seventh overall, was enough to earn Rowland a drive in the full Formula Renault UK Championship.[5]

His run to second in Formula Renault UK earned Rowland the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 2011, before moving to the Eurocup version of the Series.[5] Two successful seasons saw Rowland progress to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2014, taking two wins on his way to fourth.[5] A dominant display in 2015 saw Rowland take the title, with the Brit making several appearances in the GP2 Series as well.[5]

Formula E HistoryEdit

An injury sustained in Putrajaya by Nick Heidfeld saw the German undergo surgery on his hand on medical advice, ruling him out of the 2015 Punta del Este ePrix in December 2015.[2] Rowland was approached by Mahindra Racing to take over Heidfeld's seat for the Uruguayan weekend, and duly made Formula E debut Punta del Este, finishing thirteenth having failed to threaten the points.[2] However, Rowland's hopes of finding more pace were ruled out when Heidfeld was passed fit enough to take part in the 2016 Buenos Aires ePrix, leaving the Brit on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign.

Dams Demands: 2018/19Edit

During the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, Rowland would be offered a reserve role with Renault e.Dams, for lead driver Sébastien Buemi faced several calendar clashes between FE and the World Endurance Championship.[6] The closest Rowland would come to getting a drive would only come ahead of the 2017 Mexico City ePrix, although Buemi was ultimately able to make it to the circuit in time to take part.[6] Regardless, Rowland would remain with the e.Dams squad as a reserve when he was available, before seeking other opportunities prior to the 2018/19 season.[7]

In August 2018, prior to the start of the 2018/19 season, Rowland partook in a test session for NIO although the Anglo-Chinese squad ultimately opted to employ Tom Dillmann for the season.[7] However, having also seemingly missed out on a seat with the Nissan e.Dams squad, Rowland was asked to stand in for Alexander Albon during the 2018 Valencia Test as the Anglo-Thai racer negotiated a deal to race in Formula One.[8] A cameo appearance on the final day of the test saw Rowland finish in the lower half of the field, although that was enough for the Brit to take Albon's race seat when the Thai racer secured his move to F1.[1]

Full Formula E RecordEdit

Shown below are a series of tables outlining Oliver Rowland's career in Formula E in statistical form.

Formula E EntriesEdit

The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Oliver Rowland during their FE career:

Oliver Rowland's Overall Formula E Record
Year Entrant No. Car Pos. Pts.
2015/16 Flag of India Mahindra Racing[2] 23 Mahindra M2Electro 21st 0
2018/19 Flag of Japan Nissan e.Dams[1] 22 Nissan IM01

Career ResultsEdit

Below is a table showing Oliver Rowland's full Formula E record.

FIA Formula E Championship Record
Year Rounds Pos. Pts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
2015/16 Flag of China Flag of Malaysia Flag of Uruguay Flag of Argentina Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Russia Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 21st 0
13th CAN
2018/19 Flag of Saudi Arabia Flag of Morocco Flag of Chile Flag of Mexico Flag of Hong Kong Flag of China Flag of Italy Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of the United States Flag of the United States 11th 6
7th 15th

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alex Kalinauckas, 'Oliver Rowland takes F1-bound Alexander Albon's Formula E drive', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 30/11/2018), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/140435/rowland-announced-as-albon-fe-replacement, (Accessed 30/11/2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'Oliver Rowland replaces injured Heidfeld', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 04/12/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/december/oliver-rowland-replaces-injured-heidfeld.aspx, (Accessed 04/12/2015)
  3. 'LECLERC ENDS ON TOP WITH ABU DHABI SPRINT WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/11/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/11_November/Leclerc-ends-on-top-with-Abu-Dhabi-sprint-win/, (Accessed 09/10/2018)
  4. 'Buemi and Albon lined up for Nissan e.dams debut season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 20/09/2018), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/september/buemi-and-albon-lined-up-for-nissan-edams-debut-season/, (Accessed 20/09/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 'Drivers' Club: Oliver Rowland', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/oliver-rowland.aspx, (Accessed 05/12/2015)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Scott Mitchell, 'Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn set for Mexico City Formula E duties', autosport.com, (Autosport, 22/02/2017), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/128211/rowland-lynn-set-for-mexico-formula-e-duties, {Accessed 17/10/2018)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sam Smith, 'Turvey Set to Remain at NIO, Rowland to Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, 29/08/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/turvey-set-to-remain-at-nio-rowland-to-test/, (Accessed 17/10/2018)
  8. Sam Smith, 'Rowland Set to Replace Albon for Valencia Test', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, 17/08/2018), https://e-racing365.com/formula-e/rowland-set-to-replace-albon-for-valencia-test/, (Accessed 17/10/2018)