June 2018

Rowland to drive in Hungary test for Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing Official Young Driver Oliver Rowland will be behind the wheel once again when the second of 2018's two in-season Formula One tests take place in Hungary in July.

His first outing took place at the post-Spanish GP test, where the Briton clocked up an impressive 121 laps with Williams Performance Projects Principal Engineer Dave Robson praising Rowland for doing “an absolutely superb job”.

That has resulted in him being called up to fulfil another day of duties at the two-day test following July’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

“It’s another step in the right direction of achieving my goal of being in F1." Rowland said, "Everything went very well at the test in Barcelona and it’s nice to know they’re giving me another chance and have trust in me.
“I'm aware that you don’t get many opportunities to show your talent in F1. It’s a pretty exclusive club so I tried to do a good job. The test went well, and I tried to be mature about my approach.  Feedback and consistency was the aim rather than worrying about lap times straight away, but we got the times down pretty quickly.  We need a bit of work at the moment to get the team’s performance back to where we should be, so, rather than trying to be a hero, it was important to give the engineers exactly what they wanted.”

Rowland, who will make his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours with TRSM Racing on 16th/17th June, said it was a dream come true to test in Barcelona and will look to continue helping Williams push in the right direction.

"I'm just delighted to have the opportunity again.  It was a dream come true for me in Barcelona and I would like to thank Williams Martini Racing and my team at Blackcastle Sport for giving me this second chance.  I will continue to do my very best to help push our performance in the right direction."