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Mumbai, September 7, 2021: Mahindra Racing is delighted to welcome Oliver Rowland back to its Formula E team. The 29-year-old Brit, who was Formula Renault UK Champion in 2011 and Formula Renault 3.5 Champion in 2014 will join Alexander Sims at the team for the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
Oliver started his racing career in karting and spent a successful decade competing in the various British Championships. He progressed to Formula Renault and Formula Renault 3.5, winning both Championships.
Oliver then made the move to the GP2 Series, where he competed for two seasons, finishing third in the championship in his first season. 2015 saw Oliver make his Formula E debut with Mahindra Racing when he briefly stood in for Nick Heidfeld at the Punta Del Este ePrix. 2017 saw him sign to the Renault F1 Team as a development driver and a year later he moved to the Williams F1 Team in the same role.
Oliver has three full seasons of experience in Formula E, racing with Nissan e.Dams. To date, he has secured five pole positions, two fastest laps, five podium finishes and a win.
Season 8 will mark the second season of racing with Mahindra Racing for Alexander Sims. Alexander has scored one Formula E win and two further podiums to date in his electric single-seater career, including a memorable second place finish for Mahindra in Rome last season.
On joining the team Oliver Rowland, said, “I’m very excited to be joining Mahindra Racing for Season 8. Moving to a new team there will of course be a transition but I think that, with the combination of my experience in Formula E and the team’s results last season, we have the potential to achieve some great things together. I’m really happy to have Alexander as my teammate and look forward to working with him on extracting the most from the car and getting some strong results for the team.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with everyone at the team this season and we’ve learned a lot as the year progressed and have secured some strong results. There’s the potential to achieve more in Season 8 and we’ll be working hard to apply the learnings from this season into the next. I’m really looking forward to working with Oliver who’s clearly very fast and a great racer”, said Alexander Sims
Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal, said, “We are very happy to welcome Oliver back to the Mahindra Racing family. After starting out his Formula E career with us in 2015, he has a proven record in the series as a strong qualifier and a strong racer. I believe we have one of the strongest driver line-ups on the grid and am delighted that Alexander will be racing with the team for another year.”
“It will be the last year of racing before we move to the Gen3 era and Mahindra Racing is looking forward to continuing its journey in Formula E, which started back in 2013 when we were the first OEM to sign up to the championship. We would like to thank Alex Lynn for his contribution to the team over the last season and a half – we have made some unforgettable memories together and he will always have a special place in Mahindra Racing’s history books”, he added
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About Mahindra Racing
Mahindra Racing is a founding team – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the world’s first all-electric street racing series. Mahindra Racing has an impressive stats sheet and is a multi-race winning outfit after scoring its breakthrough victory at the Berlin E-Prix in 2017. The squad is committed not only to pushing the limits of technology and innovation in the electric vehicle space, but to addressing the impact of climate change; it was the first Formula E team to be awarded the FIA Environmental Accreditation Three-Star rating and is the only team to be certified Net Zero Carbon footprint, demonstrating best practice and excellence in sustainability practices.
About ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings intense and unpredictable all-electric racing to the heart of iconic cities around the world. In its first six seasons Formula E crowned five different champions and celebrated 17 winners in 69 races. With more automotive manufacturers on the grid than any other motorsport, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is not only one of the most compelling racing series on the planet but also an unparalleled proving ground for race-to-road electric vehicle and sustainable mobility technologies. For Formula E media enquiries, please contact: [email protected]
Founded in 1945, the Mahindra Group is one of the largest and most admired multinational federation of companies with 260,000 employees in over 100 countries. It enjoys a leadership positionin farm equipment, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services in India and is the world’s largest tractor company by volume. It has a strong presence in renewable energy, agriculture, logistics, hospitality and real estate.
The Mahindra Group has a clear focus on leading ESG globally, enabling rural prosperity and enhancing urban living, with a goal to drive positive change in the lives of communities and stakeholders to enable them to Rise.