The complex and drawn out saga at Williams with regards to who will drive alongside Lance Stroll in 2018 just got a little more complicated, with news that yet another name has gone into the hat.
F1 Renault Development driver Oliver Rowland is in talks with Williams about securing a seat for Formula One in 2018. The 25-year old hasn’t been considered an option until now with Williams still undecided of who to put in the car next year.
Williams have made it clear that the decision will not be rushed, with a heavily publicised comeback for Robert Kubica being one option, along with Daniil Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein, Sergey Sirotkin and Paul di Resta all being considered.
Rowland who has just arrived back in the UK from having talks with Super Formula teams in Japan this week said:
“My team is in talks with Williams, as they are with other teams. British car, British driver it fits well. Lots of drivers seem to be in the frame for 2018, so we will just have to see what happens.”
Rowland ticks the box in terms of sponsorship commitments with Martini, requiring one of the drivers to be aged 25 or older to act as a brand ambassador. Whether they decide Rowland is the right driver for the team remains to be seen however, as Williams remain tight lipped on their driver pairing for 2018.