It has been announced this week that Formula Renault 3.5 points leader Oliver Rowland will sample a Red Bull Formula 1 car during September’s World Series by Renault round at Silverstone.
An F1 run is the traditional reward for the mid-season FR3.5 points leader, and Racing Steps-backed Rowland will complete his on September 5-6.
The Fortec racer has claimed victory in four of the nine races so far this season, and holds a 26-point lead over Lotus Formula 1 junior Matthieu Vaxiviere.
Current Toro Rosso Formula 1 drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen have demonstrated the 2013 Red Bull RB9 at this year’s Motorland Aragon and Spa-Francorchamps World Series by Renault rounds.
In an interview with the media this week, Rowland is clearly looking forward to his run in the Red Bull RB9 after having some F1 mileage in a McLaren-Mercedes as part of winning the McLaren-Autosport BRDC award in 2011 and is grateful for the opportunity. Rowland stated the following:-
‘I am really looking forward to it, but the main focus will be the two [FR3.5] races in the weekend. The F1 run is a bonus. I haven’t been told about the preparations yet, but thanks to Red Bull and to World Series for offering such a great opportunity.’
It is clear that Rowland is looking forward to the opportunity and is looking forward to gaining experience and mileage with the Red Bull RB9 which will be helpful if he should make the sport in the near future and for me, I think that he will.
Rowland has got some talent as a driver. In addition to his FR3.5 wins, Rowland produced standout a performance to take sixth place in Monaco and he also scored points in both races of his GP2 debut at Silverstone earlier this month. Alongside this, he has also come to the attention of Mercedes, for whom he has undertaken F1 simulator work.
But overall, it is clear that Rowland is making the best of the opportunities he has got as a driver currently and is producing the results that many have been impressed with so far. As a result of this, he is now getting opportunities to extend this and build a name for himself in the sport and now gaining crucial experience that many young drivers would dream of.
I’m looking forward to tracking Rowland’s progress in the junior formulae as there is no doubt that he has a talent and could be in F1 in the near future and I hope that is the case, I really do.