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Sport Rowland to test for Racing Engineering, option to remain in F2 next year

13:35  30 november  2017
13:35  30 november  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Rowland triumphs in dramatic F2 Abu Dhabi feature

  Rowland triumphs in dramatic F2 Abu Dhabi feature Oliver Rowland claimed his third victory of the year in the final Formula 2 feature race of the 2017 season, beating polesitter Artem Markelov in Abu Dhabi. F2 champion Charles Leclerc seemed destined for his ninth podium of the season but was bizarrely beaten to the line by Antonio Fuoco after slowing just yards from the finish line. Rowland, who started fourth on the super-soft tyre, vaulted to third on the opening lap. On the same strategy, Markelov led the race until lap 6. Following their pitstops on lap 7 of 31, Rowland caught and passed Markelov at Turn 8. The pair demonstrated supreme pace on the soft tyre to close in on Leclerc and de Vries who were yet to make their mandatory pitstop. Losing one second per lap by the end of the stint, Leclerc emerged from his pitstop in third place, but 16 seconds behind Rowland. He was unable to catch the leading duo. Rowland’s third victory of 2017 was his first since the Hungary feature race in July. Beating Markelov, the result means that Rowland is now a near insurmountable 15 points clear of the Russian in the race to finish second in the championship. With Leclerc grounding to a near halt just yards before the finish line, his team-mate Fuoco stole the final step on the podium in a photo finish. The result means that Prema retains the lead of the team’s championship heading into the final race of the season.

Oliver Rowland will test for Racing Engineering in Formula 2’s post-season Abu Dhabi test , with an option for a race seat in 2018 with the Spanish outfit. Rowland will test the car on Friday and Saturday, in order to assess one of his options for next season.

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Oliver Rowland will test for Racing Engineering in Formula 2’s post-season Abu Dhabi test, with an option for a race seat in 2018 with the Spanish outfit.

Rowland will test the car on Friday and Saturday, in order to assess one of his options for next season.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to get some time in another car in preparation for next year,” he said.

“They are a great team and I’m excited to see what I can do with the car.

“I’m still undecided of what route to take in 2018, the realistic aim now is to be in F1 in 2019 and that’s what I will be pushing for.”

De Vries joins Prema for 2018 F2 campaign

  De Vries joins Prema for 2018 F2 campaign McLaren Formula 1 junior Nyck de Vries will compete for the 2018 Formula 2 title at Prema Racing, as the team completes their driver line-up. This season was de Vries’ rookie campaign in F2. Initially driving for Rapax, he made a mid-season switch to Racing Engineering. The 22-year-old claimed his maiden F2 victory in the Monaco sprint race en route to seventh in the drivers’ standings. Entering the category in 2016, Prema has guided both Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc to the drivers’ title in consecutive seasons. “First of all, I want to thank everyone involved for this opportunity,” de Vries stated. “I am delighted to join such a successful team as Prema and I thank them for putting their faith in me. “We have known each other for a while, so to finally be racing together is very exciting and I can’t wait to go back to Italy. “We’re very much looking forward to the new challenges that F2 has introduced with the new car for 2018. It will be a very competitive championship, may the best win!” Prema team boss Rene Rosin believes that de Vries will be able to challenge for the title next season. “We are delighted to have secured the services of Nyck for the 2018 Formula 2 season,” he said. “His skills are outstanding and we hope that, together with Prema, he will be able to make the most out of his talent and fight for the title, while helping us to get a head start for the new season.” De Vries joins Sean Gelael at the team in 2018. The Indonesian’s switch from Arden to Prema was confirmed last week.

Oliver Rowland will test for Racing Engineering in Formula 2’s post-season Abu Dhabi test , with an option for a race seat in 2018 with the Spanish outfit. Rowland will test the car on Friday and Saturday, in order to assess one of his options for next season.

Britain’s Oliver Rowland will test for Racing Engineering in Abu Dhabi this weekend with his future still undecided for 2018. The 25- year old Yorkshireman will test the 2017 car in Abu Dhabi on Friday and Saturday with an option to race for the Spanish team next season.

Renault’s F1 development driver Rowland was the only driver to consistently challenge eventual champion Charles Leclerc in 2017’s F2 championship.

Rowland, who raced for DAMS in 2017, was unlucky to only finish third in the drivers’ championship following disqualifications at Spa and Abu Dhabi through arguably no fault of his own.

“I was disappointed with my third place finish in last season’s Formula 2 Championship,” he added.

“I think me and the team deserved more but that’s racing.

“I would like to thank DAMS for all their hard work, winning in Monaco was the highlight of my career and I wish them every success in the future.

“Part of me wants to avenge that and try and win the championship next season but I will let my team decide what is best for my future – with lots of options on the table, we are in no rush to make a decision.”

The 25-year-old will take over from Norman Nato, and will test alongside European Formula 3 driver Maximilian Gunther on Friday, with his team-mate on Saturday, yet to be confirmed.

F2 newcomer Charouz Racing reveals 2018 drivers and Ferrari deal .
Charouz Racing System has announced Antonio Fuoco and Louis Deletraz will be its drivers when it enters Formula 2 in 2018. Formula V8 3.5 champions Charouz will switch to F2 next year when the series introduces a new-spec car. Its drivers will carry the Ferrari Driver Academy logo. “I’m thrilled to welcome Louis and Antonio into our team and keen to work with the Ferrari Driver Academy for what will be our inaugural season in Formula 2,” said team principal Antonin Charouz, who is the father of Le Mans class winner Jan Charouz. “Both drivers impressed during their rookie F2 season in 2017 and they clearly learned a lot as the year progressed. “I’m confident they will be able to use that experience to good effect in 2018 so they are challenging at the front of what’s traditionally a very competitive F2 field.” Fuoco drove for Prema last year, finishing eighth in the drivers’ standings in his rookie year. He struggled to match eventual champion Charles Leclerc in the opening half of the season, but took four podiums and a race win in the second half. “I’m really happy to join Charouz Racing System and have a new challenge in F2,” he said. “The team has a good racing pedigree after winning the World Series title this year and everyone is pushing hard to do everything perfectly. “If this happens, I know we can all do a good season together at Charouz.” Deletraz made his debut back in the 2016 season finale in Abu Dhabi with Carlin.

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