Oliver Rowland: “I Could do better than some of those that are already there”


Renault is running in these months as one of the main protagonists of the silly season ahead of the season 2018, in particular with regards to your second seat. The insufficient performances of Jolyon Palmer in his second season with the team have woken up a multitude of rumors about who might be their substitutes, and the pools will not stop sounding the two Spanish pilots of Formula 1, in addition to several pilots with projection.

In the own Renault Sport Academy have one of the most prominent drivers of the high level of the lower categories, but whose low profile makes it pass quite unnoticed at the time of considering of the future for Formula 1. The british Oliver Rowland has been proving itself on several levels, starting with his two vice-championships of Formula Renault 2.0, both in the now defunct competition british (2011) as well as in the Eurocup (2013). Your step-by-Formula Renault 3.5 in the last two seasons in that category counted with the sponsorship of Renault were very positive, being fourth in their first year after Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly and Roberto Merhi, and beating with clarity in the second before Matthieu Vaxivière.

In your jump to GP2 in 2016, Rowland took to the modest team of MP Motosport to heights unimagined, being seventh overall with four podiums, and this year is meeting expectations, having achieved his first victory in Monaco and four podiums in the first five races of the hand of DAMS. Despite an unfortunate weekend in Baku by a penalty and a broken engine, the british occupies the second place in the overall of the renowned Formula 2, and it is the threat more solid against the overbearing Charles Leclerc. Of finish between the first two, would be the first british pilot to do so in their first or second season from Lewis Hamilton. Words older.

Surprising, therefore, that, given his situation, his name just sounds like a prospective adventuring to the World. In statements to Motorsport.com, Rowland is also considered “a little bit” been underestimated, although it maintains that it should continue to show their worth on the track and in the simulator of Renault: “I’m quite clear that I must do my job first, before you start to seek and run for that seat. I need to improve a bit in Formula 2. I’ve been a lot in the factory, I think we have a good relationship and, if I have a chance of getting the seat, will depend on that do a good job at F2, but I don’t see any reason why that may not be in the shortlist. I think I can be as fast as anyone, and I proved that I am consistent”.

All we need is an opportunity to demonstrate that we are not good enough

The current generation of young pilots to Formula 1 with peers of Rowland in the lower divisions of the motor, as Esteban Ocon, or even students identified as gifted and talented as Max Verstappen. The career of Rowland, in fact, has grown in parallel in several points from Pierre Gasly, current test driver for Red Bull who competes in the Super Formula japanese waiting for a chance in Formula 1. “sometimes you have To take advantage of the opportunity, and (Ocon) did, but he had good years in F3 and GP3”, ” says Rowland. “I took a gamble by going directly from Eurocup to the 3.5, which is a bigger leap. Sometimes, you will have more luck and sometimes not, but I think me and Pierre we have made ourselves known to people like him”.

Rowland is, in short, a supporter of the young pilots have at least the option to show their worth for the future, and he offers as example the situation of Verstappen: “In my opinion, the issue is that the teams need to give a chance to young pilots. All we need is an opportunity to demonstrate that we are not good enough. If Max had never had the opportunity, who knows, maybe I would have gone to Formula 2, and if the computer is a second, can’t compensate for it, is not possible. You just need the opportunity. I think they both (him and Gasly) we can do a much better job than some of the ones that are already there”.