Oliver Rowland: “Each race we’ve improved more than anyone”


Oliver Rowland - Credit: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service

After securing a double podium finish at his home event at Silverstone last weekend and moving to the top of the championship standings, Oliver Rowland still believes there is work to be done if he is to stay in the hunt for the 2016 GP2 Series title.

The 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion has now taken four podium finishes in total in 2016, but has yet to taste victory, while the MP Motorsport driver admits he is still lacking something when it comes to qualifying.

Despite this, Rowland believes that with the rate of development seen so far at MP Motorsport while he has been there with top line engineers, that there is a genuine chance of securing his second major single seater championship in as many years.

“So far it’s been pretty good – we’ve been consistent, not made mistakes, and it was only in race two at Baku that we were a bit unlucky,” said Rowland to Autosport. “But we do need to improve in terms of qualifying if we want to challenge for the championship.

“Having said that, each race we’ve improved more than anyone, and we’ve shown a massive rate of development. There’s no reason why we can’t push for the title, but we have to keep improving to have a sustained go at winning it.

“GP2 has the best engineers and drivers outside F1, but there’s no reason with their ability why we can’t win the championship. We’ve just got to learn in terms of arriving at a track and getting on it straight away.”