FIA Formula 2

Oliver Rowland claims to be in talks with Williams over F1 role

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Formula 2 driver Oliver Rowland has claimed he is in talks with Williams over a Formula 1 role for 2018, only for the team to deny this.

Renault junior driver Rowland finished third in this year’s F2 championship behind runaway winner Charles Leclerc and runner-up Artem Markelov, taking two race wins.

Rowland tested an F2 car in Abu Dhabi last week before heading to Japan for Super Formula talks, but claimed via a statement issued by his PR team on Friday that he is in talks with Williams.

“My team is in talks with Williams, as they are with other teams – British car, British driver, it fits well,” Rowland said.

“Lots of drivers seem to be in the frame for 2018, so we will just have to see what happens.”

Williams holds the final available full-time F1 seat for 2018, with Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin appearing to lead the chase for the role.

The team was quick to deny it is in talks with Rowland, though, saying: “He is not in contention for the race seat and has not had discussions regarding this role.

“We have not got any plans for roles beyond our race drivers at present.”