Oliver Rowland is one of the hot prospects of the British motorsport. He's currently a part Nissan's line-up in the FIA Formula E Championship, but also serves as junior driver of the Williams F1 Team.
Previously, he finished third in the FIA F2 Championship in 2017 and won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title in 2015.
Good results in karting racing
Borin in August 1992 in Sheffield, Oliver started his career in karting competitions when he was seven years old and over the years he won many trophies competing in the various categories at the national level.
In 2003 and 2004, he was MSA Super One British Championship title winner, in 2007, he won the MSA Super One KF3 British Junior Championship while in 2010 Rowland became CIK-FIA Super KF World Cup winner.
Rowland wins Formula Renault UK Series Finals
The same year Oliver competed in Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Cup and won 1 out of 6 races which was a good preparation for the very successful following campaign. Driving for Fortec Motorsport, Rowland won four races in Formula Renault UK and finished the season as a runner-up, behind Alex Lynn, while in the Series’ Finals he managed to win 4 out of 6 races.
The impressive season was crowned with McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and test with McLaren Formula 1 team.
Eurocup Formula Renault runner-up
Rowland stayed with Fortec in 2012 but stepped up to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. After he won one race and had other two podiums, Oliver finished 3rd in the Drivers’ championship. In 2013, as a driver of Manor MP team, Rowland continued to race in the same competition. He won 3 out of 14 races and had a total of 8 podium finishes and took the 2nd place in the final standings.
The same year British driver has competed in the selected events of Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, winning four out of 8 races and finished 4th in the standings. The same place Rowland took in the Pau Formula Renault 2.0 Trophy race.
Formula Renault 3.5 champion and GP2 Series debut
In 2014, Oliver returned to Fortec Motorsport to compete in Formula Renault 3.5 Series. His first year in the new competition was a solid one after he has won two races, scored other five top 3 finishes and eventually took 4th position in the final classification.
Finally, in 2015, Rowland won Formula Renault 3.5 title, doing a really impressive job. He won 8 out of 17 races and recorded total of 13 podiums, left his rivals well behind at the end of the year. He also tasted the racing in GP2 Series, combining duties with MP Motorsport and Status Grand Prix teams. He appeared at seven events that year but collected only three points.
One-off attempt in the Formula E
Another new experience for this young driver was racing in Formula E. In December 2015, he surprisingly got a chance with Mahindra Racing, replacing Nick Heidfeld in Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay, in which he took 13th place.
Before the start of 2016 season, Rowland became a member of Renault’s young driver program and at the same time got an opportunity to race full-time in the GP2 Series, as a member of MP Motorsport. The start was relatively good after Rowland scored four podium finishes until the middle season. The second part of the season wasn't so good and he finished ninth in the points.
Third place in the Formula 2 Championship
In 2017, GP2 Series has been converted into the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Rowland joined DAMS and scored his maiden F2 victory in the Feature race at Monte-Carlo. Later in the season, he added one more victory at Hungaroring and finished third in the final classification.
During 2017, Rowland worked as a development driver for Renault F1 Team and then, in February 2018, he joined Williams F1 Team as official Junior driver.
DNF in Le Mans debut with Manor-Ginetta LMP1
In 2018, Rowland left Formula 2 to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship as a part of Manor-Ginette LMP1 programme. Due to financial and organizational problems, the team withdrew from the opening-round at Spa and then appeared at Le Mans 24 Hours. In his Le Mans debut, Rowland was sharing a car with Alex Brundle and Oliver Turvey, not finishing the race.
Ahead of the start of the 2018-2019 FIA Formula E Championship season, he was invited to joined the Nissan e.dams team, as a teammate to former FE champion Sebastien Buemi. In his debut Formula E season, Rowland was on a podium two times, finishing tenth in the points.