Rowland named Renault development driver

Formula 2 racer Oliver Rowland has been named as Renault's Development Driver for the 2017 season.

The 24-year-old began as a member of the Renault Sport Academy but has now graduated up the ranks.

This season Rowland, who will also contest the Formula 2 Championship with DAMS, will fulfil a simulator programme for the team as well as driving on track.

"My aim has always been to get a role in Formula 1 so it's great to see all my hard work pay off," he said.

"The Renault Sport Academy was the perfect training ground and the role of Development Driver is another great step after being within the Renault family for so many years with Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5 and then the Academy too. 

"I learnt a lot last year including working at Enstone in the simulator, so I feel well prepared for this role. I’m proud to be part of the team and I’ll be working hard to do everything I can to assist the team in their development of the R.S.17."

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault's managing director, added: "We know Oliver very well and we are very pleased to reward his work with this position with Renault Sport Formula One Team. Development Driver is an important position in a team and it is very interesting to have someone who already knows us well."

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