Renault snaps up young British driver for development programme 0

Renault-snaps-up-young-British-driver-for-development-programmeRenault has snapped up young British driver Oliver Rowland as a development driver with the 24 year old aiming to bag one of the car maker’s Formula 1 drives for 2018.

Rowland, who is 24, comes from the celebrated Renault academy and his new role with the development team will involve time in the simulator as well as on the track.

The Sheffield-born driver will also take part in the forthcoming Formula 2 Championship, recently signing for Dams.

“I would love to be in F1 next year, that has to be the target,” he said.

“I will work as hard as I can to achieve that.

“I am really pleased with today’s announcement, and it is another step in the right direction, but you have got to carry on the momentum.”

Rowland has just completed his debut season in GP2, recently rebranded as the Formula 2 Championship. He led the leaders table for five rounds before ultimately finishing in ninth place.

Currently Lewis and Jolyon Palmer, who both graduated from Formula One’s feeder series, are the UK’s sole representatives on the F1 grid at present.

“I understand that if I don’t win the F2 championship than I probably won’t get a chance in F1. But in my head it is quite clear,” added Rowland.

“I want to go out and win and dominate the series.”

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