Reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion and newly-announced Renault Sport Academy recruit Oliver Rowland is to return to the GP2 series with MP Motorsport. Rowland made his GP2 debut with the team at Silverstone last July, finishing in the top 10 in both races.
He also competed with the squad at Spa, where he lined up on the front row for the feature race only to become involved in a racing incident at the first corner. The RSF driver's association with MP Motorsport dates back to the 2013 Renault 2.0 Eurocup campaign which he ended as vice-champion. The 23 years-old driver from Sheffield, Yorkshire, said he was delighted to be re-joining the team for a full season in GP2 in 2016.
"Having worked and lived with the MP Motorsport guys in the Netherlands throughout my second year in Eurocup, we developed a really strong relationship which I hope we can capitalise on in GP2 this year. We quickly re-established that productive partnership with a half decent debut at Silverstone last July. So I hope we can start where we left off and make a strong impression in the paddock in 2016."
MP Motorsport team manager Sander Dorsman said: "We have worked hard to make this reunion happen. Oliver is a fantastic driver and the performances he delivered in Formula Renault 3.5 and in the MP Motorsport GP2 car last year show what an outstanding talent he is. We are acutely aware that for him this is a make or break year in terms of his Formula 1 aspirations. So we will be doing everything in our power to ensure we engineer a car that will enable him to deliver." (GMM)
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