British ace Rowland gets GP2 shot with MP
Briton Oliver Rowland will move into the GP2 Series this year with the support of Renault after being named as one of the firm’s Renault Sport Academy drivers.
Alongside its Formula 1 team, Renault also announced the formation of the Academy scheme, which will back and develop driving talent toward the ultimate goal of bringing new drivers into Formula 1. It provides fitness, education and mentoring programmes.
Racing Steps Foundation driver Rowland, 23, will join Dutch squad MP Motorsport for his first full year of GP2. He made two GP2 appearances last season with the team, and also won the Formula Renault 3.5 title.
“This is the kind of career move that every driver dreams of,” said Rowland. “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Renault Sport. Having worked and lived with MP in the Netherlands throughout my second year in the Formula Renault Eurocup we developed a strong relationship and I hope to capitalise on that in GP2.”
Racing Steps Foundation founder Graham Sharp added: “Renault Sport have provided the all-important steppingstones for Oliver to make his way from karting to the brink of F1. It’s extremely exciting to see him take this next leap with Renault also. Now it’s up to him to seize the opportunity with both hands.”
MP team head Sander Dorsman added: “We are acutely aware that this is a make or break year in terms of Oliver’s F1 aspirations. We will be doing everything in our power to ensure we engineer a car that will enable him to deliver.”
Brit was FR3.5 champion
Rowland raced with MP in 2015